The Father Of The Nation, Has Passed On

2013-12-06 05:55

It is with great sorrow that we learned of the passing away of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Our thoughts go out to his family, loved ones, friends and colleagues.

Mandela, one of the world’s most visible figures regarding apartheid, oppression and reconciliation will be forever remembered by people from all parts of the globe for his bravery, and sacrifices. His determination against all odds in championing and protecting the undeniable rights of the oppressed communities of South Africa needs to be commended and simulated. His sacrifices for the African people are well known to all and will be remembered for ever.

His release from prison speeded up the process towards ending apartheid and thus kick-starting the process of negotiations and democracy in South Africa.

His tenacious humanity will be long remembered and he is a symbol to many people of the struggle for freedom from apartheid. Mandela, an anti-apartheid icon and the father of our post-apartheid nation, was one of the loudest voices for the voiceless and oppressed people in our country, which I call home. He dedicated his entire life to the cause of the freedom struggle and vigorously participated in the fight against the repressive years of the Nationalist Party rule.

Moreover, he very readily appreciated how other communities and populace of diverse racial origins, which now make up the “Rainbow Nation”, influenced and facilitated the struggle against white minority domination in this country.

In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela, records how the ANC had witnessed the Indian people register an extraordinary protest against the Ghetto Act and colour oppression in a way that Black Africans and the ANC had not - “I often visited the home of Amina Pahad for lunch, and then suddenly, this charming woman put aside her apron and went to jail for her beliefs. If I had once questioned the willingness of the Indian community to protest against oppression, I no longer could”.

South Africans have lost a fatherly figure and a world renowned comrade.

My deepest condolences to his wife, the entire Mandela family and to every conscience driven South African during this difficult time. I salute you, Tata Madiba!

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