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    Nelson Mandela a Nation's Father


    By Victor Macklenin, 7 December 2013
    Nelson Mandela- Do you know what it means to lose a Nation’s Father?

    "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it's opposite."Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela.
    A morning of mourning! A father has left the nation. An adviser has departed; call from  above is answered. The great work he did for South Africa; whether white, black, mixed or Indian, cemented our view of freedom and brotherhood. Tears inhibit my eyes as I mourn the greatest statesman whose view of life was not based on where were you born, where do you live, what colour is your skin but humanity and the right to live freely.
    Our former President Thabo Mbeki said, ‘Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’ (a human being is a human being because of other human beings).


    If I could find the right words to describe the pain and grieving in my heart today, I would say it equates the love and unity that uTata Madiba gave to us all and taught us. I recall attending a provisional rally in Cape Town, when Madiba was addressing everyone and his words still vivid and fresh in my mind;


    ‘’I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’’
    Extracted from that Madiba speech ANC (http://www.anc.org.za/show.php?id=4520)


    I remember the scores of people during the rally as I was battling to get closer, be in front-roll to shake his hand. I remember jumping up and down with a smiling heart as if I was a three year old who has just received his birthday gift. His words were spilling over like a chocolate fountain, yet rich and filling . His eyes were piercing through the crowd like the sun’s rays giving hope after days of fog and thunderstorm. I could feel the confidence and faith in his words.


    Today I celebrate the peace, love, unity and freedom he taught us to cherish. Today select my friends regardless of their colour. Today I moan the fall of the father of the rainbow nation but I do have hope for the future for he left us with enough joy to be celebrating his time and life. He taught us more;


    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”– Nelson Mandela
    “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela
    “Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished” – Nelson Mandela


    The bigger role is upon us as the rainbow nation to remember that unity is strength. We had Madiba giving us his life and wisdom; it is something we will never be able to replace.



    Being South African I weep and celebrate Mandela's Life that we lost a father but his spirit is within us.

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