I don’t have the eloquence to do justice to the life of a person as great as Nelson Mandela (Madiba). So I thought I’d select just a few quotes, as well as some pictures to give an essence of a person whom I know will go down in history as one of the truly great human beings. South Africa and the World are better for his life, and we are the poorer now he’s gone.
At his treason trial in 1964:
During my lifetime I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. 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 will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.
It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realised. But, My Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
At his inauguration as President in 1994:
We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.
Reconciliation means working together to correct the legacy of past injustice.
From “Long Walk to Freedom” (1995)
Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.
Again from “Long Walk to Freedom” (1995)
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 that its opposite.
The papers of the Disunited Kingdom on the morning after Nelson Mandela’s death.
Nelson Mandela’s life in pictures (from The Guardian newspaper)
Here is the video of Mandela’s release after 27 years in prison.
RIP Madiba. And thank you.