- Posted December 15, 2013 by
Johannesburg, South Africa
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Nelson Mandela: Your memories
The Mandela Legacy
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Please see photos below . . . then read my brief summary. The story and the photos together is both poignant and overwhelming.
I am an American expat from Columbus, Ohio residing in South Africa. My wife is a citizen of South Africa who has family residing here. My wife's daughter, Lara Vee and her husband, Peter Vee have hearts bigger than the African continent and are both filled with an overflowing love for others. They adopted a baby born in the Eastern Cape (the place of Mandelas birth) and the baby was born into the same Xhosa family as Nelson Mandela. They named the infant Joel David, upon adoption.
Yesterday, Joel and family were at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton City, just outside Johannesburg in the region of Gauteng, South Africa. In honor of Mandela, people had left wreaths of flowers and gifts. The atrium was cordoned off while a large screen television displayed the funeral procession of Nelson Mandela. People gathered, watched the large screen and paid final respects.
Without prompt, little Joel walked under the ropes, past a throng of mourners and into the secured area. As the television displayed the Mandela procession Joel extended his arms to the TV screen in what appeared to be a show of emotional respect for both his African heritage and his familial ancestry. Joel will be 2 years of age in January.
Sorry to say, I did not take the photgraph. The image was taken by a Dutch National tourist named Benny Plovie. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The photos that are included also display a photo of Lara and Joel. The loving adoption of a black child to a white family fulfills the legacy of Nelson Mandela whose vision was always a unified South Africa.
George and Catherine Robey
Gauteng, South Africa