“When a man has helped his people and done his duties, then he must rest in peace.”
It came as a shock to the world when the South African president announced the death of Nelson Mandela on the 5th of December. His passing has been mourned by the whole world as we saw at his memorial service, and it truly showed that he was and still is a global icon.
After such a long term of illness, he must be resting in peace today at his childhood town of Qunu. When we saw his coffin at the grave site that image confirmed that the father of the nation is gone, and that has been heartfelt as social networks are buzzing with grieving messages.
South Africa has been blessed to live under the shadow of a man of such stature, and at this very moment I’m left with a question, “What will SA be like when I wake up tomorrow?” At his memorial on a rainy Tuesday I witnessed how much the man was loved. Delegates, presidents, former presidents, kings, pastors, bishops from various countries came to the memorial of Madiba, and despite the weather many South Africans came out in numbers wearing T-shirts with his face.
Despite any differences the countries are having amongst each other, to see them all in one venue was truly the wish of Nelson Mandela. The South African government as well as the Mandela family had sleepless nights planning proper ways in honouring the freedom fighter, and it showed because his body was at the Nelson Mandela Theatre for three days for public viewing. That is the same place he was inaugurated as the first black South African president, so the location had a special place in his heart and for all those who were there.
On Saturday 14th of December the African National Congress (ANC) gave him the last memorial service of his life in Gauteng, as he was later airlifted to his hometown Qunu where the funeral took place. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela became president of the ANC party in 1991, just a year after being released from prison in Robben Island, and became president of South Africa in 1994. He is the only leader in South Africa to decline the presidency position for the second term just to stay with his family in 1999. He was married 3 times and divorced twice, with 6 children but 2 died and has 18 grandchildren with 12 great grandchildren.
“I have fought against white domination, I have fought against black domination. I have cherished a dream of an equal country.”
This proves why this man was so loved worldwide because he came out of prison after 27 years with an aim to make peace with his enemies, and that still leaves me in awe because I know he broke the law fighting for the liberation of South Africa. He was arrested mainly for his force to always fight against any kind of oppression, because he was selfless about it hence his greatness is above a lot of people that ever lived.
He is gone but his legacy will forever be in the hearts of millions that knew him. Rest in peace Tata!