Nelson Mandela is dead. He died at home at 8.50pm on Thursday, December 5 2013. This is a tribute from Patrick a.k.a. The Snordster, one of my readers. These are his words and video, compiled 5 months ago whilst Nelson Mandela a.k.a. Madiba a.k.a. Tata…a.k.a. Father of a Nation, fought his illness and news reports conflicted over his life and death...
It seems like yesterday when I heard Tata was out of prison. Mixed emotions went through my mind! What does this mean for us South Africans & all Africans.
Joy filled my heart and i actually cried at the thought of him been jailed for all those years just for me and my nation to be freed from slavery. I salute you Tata, not many people would have done it…you are a Hero to me and for all peoples.
To the world in general, and most South Africans, in particular, you were not only a beacon of hope for what humankind can achieve and be but you are a symbol of the potential human beings have. Words alone cannot begin to express the profound and deep-seated pride and emotions we have when we think of you, for you and your generation are an embodiment of what the South Africa was meant to be. Your image and memory will remain etched on our conscious for time immemorial.
For most good men it is hard enough to be a father to one child so to father a nation is a kind of miracle that only comes from (and grows with) wisdom, love and the heart of hero.
Madiba, you changed our lives in ways you will never know.
I am proud of my beliefs and strong enough to stand up for them because you showed me that being afraid doesn’t matter – doing the right thing, standing up to be counted is what matters. If you have a voice, it’s your duty to speak up for yourself and those who cannot.
Hamba Kahle Ntate. Siyabonga Khakulu!
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