We’ve lost one of the greatest statesmen who ever lived, and behind him he’s leaving a huge void.
Farewell Nelson Mandela
His passing is all over our TV’s and on every social network …”A crowd has gathered outside the house where Mr Mandela died. Some are flying South African flags and wearing the shirts of the governing African National Congress, which Mr Mandela once led.”
I expect the tributes will keep coming from far and wide for many hours today.
We lived in Southern Africa for many years, and in all my time in South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho, the name “Nelson Mandela,” was never far from our lips.
He was many things; freedom fighter, lawyer, revolutionary, politician, world leader, husband, father, grandfather, spirit of a nation. I remember visiting his spartan cell on Robben Island and wondering how it was possible for a man to spend 27 years in prison and not only educate himself to a high level, but also to come away with only forgiveness for his jailors in his heart.
When apartheid reigned he was considered a revolutionary, swiftly followed by a saint on his release from prison, and a world leader of magnum proportion.
He preached reconciliation, and forgiveness. He was credited with dismantling South Africa’s system of apartheid which institutionalised racism. Mostly Mandela was an international symbol of reconciliation and human rights.
His big ideas are renowned, his focus on being the best person you can be are often conjured into my memory.
Interested in more about Madiba’s life?
An extraordinary life devoted to the greater good
So as we say Farewell Nelson Mandela, do you have an over-riding memory of this great man … or perhaps a favourite quote you’d like to share?