The news came through during the night that Nelson Mandela has died.
I had a huge amount of respect for him. He came out of prison, and became our president. He pleaded for forgiveness and reconciliation in our divided country. He really did a lot for nation building, served just one term as president and gave over the power without stealing the country empty. he was truly an exceptional, world class leader. The last one in South Africa.
I still don’t get it how his shoes could be filled by our beloved President Jacob Zuma, who was broke when he became President, and now built a huge residential complex over R 200 million ($20 million) out of his own pocket. He also has the gift of healing. His friends get terminally ill in jail, gets a presidential pardon to die with dignity at home, and they all get miraculously healed within a week when at home…
Now in South Africa there is a long told urban legend, and tonight is the night to see if it is true. “The night of the long knives…” According to this legend the black people has been buying up machetes (called pangas in S.A) and the night Mandela dies, they are going to kill all the whiteys.
I do not believe this is true. I still have the belief that most South Africans (excluded politicians and thugs- mostly the same thing…) are good people. Remember- in a long forgotten referendum in 1992 72% of the white population voted to end Apartheid.
Nelson Mandela’s legacy was a message of peace and reconciliation. He dreamed of a Rainbow Nation where all are equal and everybody matters. That is a dream worth living for. It is so sad that he was the last ANC president who lived that dream.
I salute the passing of a great man! May his party soon follow…
- Nelson Mandela Dies Today 5 Dec 2013 at the age of 95 (homegrownmedia.info)
- The passing of Nelson Mandela (albanylawdiversity.wordpress.com)
- Nelson Mandela Passes At 95 (apropheticwalk.wordpress.com)