On the 5th of December 2013 the World lost a good man and a great leader, someone who taught us that love can overcome all, someone who showed us his dream, someone who worked tirelessly to realise his dream of the Rainbow Nation. Mandela … the former terrorist, the murder, the bomber.
Five days after that the World lost another good man, but someone closer to me, my Uncle who is his own right was the glue which kept our small family together after my Grandfather passed on. Someone, like Mandela, who had a good side, but who also had a bad side.
That which makes them human, and ultimately heroes in my eyes.
The examples which they have set will always be with me until the day that I too finally lay down my head for the last time, and today I want to remind you of the truths which men like Mandela shared with us, to remind you that we should not give up, that we can’t just let things slide, because that would be like us spitting in the faces of these great men who came before us.
At the 46664 Hyde Park Concert in London in 2008 Mandela gave a speech which included the following, which I would like us all to remember going forward for the next year, and to see how much we can do so that the Old Man’s idea and his dream can come become a reality.
”As we celebrate, let us remind ourselves that our work is far from complete. Where there is poverty and sickness, including AIDS, where human beings are being oppressed, there is more work to be done. Our work is freedom for all …
Our work as children of the soil of South Africa is far from over
We have allowed our Government to trample on the dreams of visionaries like Mandela. We have stood idly by while they spat on his legacy of greatness with their pity squabbles to cling on to power and to enrich themselves at the cost of those that suffer the injustice of the past and the dehumanizing grip of poverty.
None of the political parties have our best interests at heart, and the sooner we accept this, the better of we will be and the sooner we can start mending all the wrongs. The wrongs of the last 20 years and the wrongs of the years during Apartheid and Segregation.
The ANC desperately cling on to power while rejecting all criticism, even when it is positive criticism like that of the Public Protector. The two major opposition parties won’t be able to exist had it not been for the ANC doing such a dismal job at governing the county and the public servants of our country, so it is up to us as the people of South Africa to FORCE the ANC on the right path, to get them off the path of self service and onto a path of serving the people of South Africa.
“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.” – V for Vendetta
The fact is that the Zuma’s ANC has failed us as the people, but the ANC of Mandela did a lot of good for the people of South Africa, and we must force them back onto the route of Mandela’s ANC, or, we should simply just replace them.
Be critical, be honest, and above all else, be hopeful, because there are many of us who won’t see the country burn, many of us who do believe that dreams can come true, and there are many of us with enough love and tolerance in our hearts to look past our differences and focus on that which we have in common.
Amandla People of South Africa!