Nelson Mandela. Tata. Madiba. Our greatest hope is that the lessons you sought to teach will not be lost on all of us.
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
“A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before.” ~ Nelson Mandela from a personal notebook, 16 January 2000
“The people are increasingly becoming alive to the necessity of the solidarity of all democratic forces regardless of race, party affiliation, religious belief, and ideological conviction.” ~ Nelson Mandela from an article entitled ‘People are destroyed’, Liberation, October 1955
“If you are negotiating you must do so in a spirit of reconciliation, not from the point of view of issuing ultimatums.” ~ Nelson Mandela addressing the media after meting with President FW De Klerk about violence on the East Rand, Union Buildings, Cape Town, South Africa, circa early 1990s
“The time has come to accept in our hearts and minds that with freedom comes responsibility.” ~ Nelson Mandela during the closing address in the debate on the State of the Nation Address, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 24 February 1995
“You can see that ‘there is no easy walk to freedom anywhere’ and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain tops of our desires.” ~ Nelson Mandela quoting Jawaharlal Nehru, Presidential Address to the ANC Transvaal Congress, Also known as the ‘No Easy Walk to Freedom’ speech, Transvaal , South Africa, 21 September 1953
“I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred; he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as sure as I am not free when my humanity is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.” ~ Nelson Mandela from Long Walk to Freedom, 1994
Your people thank you for
Earth is better for your
Men, women and children
Are alive today
Because you lived.
We thank you for coming
We do not contest your
Right to go away.
Your debts are paid
And this chapter of thy life
Go now, dear Madiba,