“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” ~ Nelson Mandela 1996
It is quiet clear that as South Africans we were never gonna be ready for this day. The world is also in shock. The nation gathers in groups in confusion not knowing whether to celebrate or mourning the life of this heroic man. Condolences are pouring out from all over the world. This man has touched many lives.
South Africa has lost a father, a son, a healer and rock to many people. We will always remember his love for humanity, his humility, his sacrificial heart and his passion for unity. This great man identified his struggle and fought for it till the end. Now it is up to us to take the candle that has been switched on and keep shining it. We are to continue fighting for peace, for unity and for the values that Madiba has fought for.
May the vision and the strength of this man be seen in our works. May we go beyond just having a Mandela day but we be inspired to continue the Mandela legacy. Let us keep striving for a better world and let us not rest until we achieve it. To all the South Africa may God be with you in this time of mourning, be strong and keep fighting for what Mandela fought for. Make it your struggle.
To uTata Madiba, thank you for all you have done for us. Thank you for inspiring us. May you enjoy your time as you get reunited with your other family. I can only imagine what you are saying to ubaba Sisulu, Albert Lethuli, Anton Lembethe, Robert Sobukwe, Oliver Thambo and the others that you spent most of your time with as you all fought for the struggle.
To the family, may you just watch the nation smile, chant and remember this man who you had borrowed to us for a while and you will see that he lives on forever. Many years to come he will still be leaving and shining in our hearts.
Hamba Kahle Tata, Hamba Kahle Mkonto We Sizwe.