As overeager reporters and anxious, well meaning supporters of Nelson Mandela swamp the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in South Africa, Wonkie would like to take a moment to wish Madiba a heartfelt goodbye.
Firstly, for those in a frenzy about Mandela’s death or those panicking about the post-Mandela South Africa, this article is being written while he is still in hospital, in critical condition. To Wonkie, though, that does not matter. In fact, it’s a little sad to see so many people simply waiting in anticipation of the great man’s death. Unlike those hanging around for the heartbreaking Nelson Mandela dies headline, Wonkie would prefer to acknowledge and thank Madiba now and bid him well.
A few weeks back, Wonkie listened to a few of Mandela’s many struggle speeches. It is no wonder that he is one of the most revered statesmen in the world – a true icon, if ever there were one. Below is a brief timeline, nicked from a BBC article, that outlines some of Madiba’s key dates:
1918 – Nelson Mandela is born in the Eastern Cape
1943 – Mandela joins the ANC, the African National Congress
1956 – He is charged with high treason, but charges dropped
1962 – He is arrested, convicted of sabotage, sentenced to five years
1964 – Mandela is charged again, and is sentenced to life in prison
1990 – Mandela is freed from prison
1993 – He wins a well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize
1994 – Elected first black president of South Africa
1999 – Mandela steps down as leader
2001 – Madiba is diagnosed with prostate cancer
2004 – He retires from public life
2007 – Mandela forms The Elders group
2010 – He appears at closing ceremony of FIFA World Cup
A number of thoughts wandered through Wonkie’s mind over the last week about Nelson Mandela’s more recent situation. The basest of these include opportunistic reporters hounding him at home and hospital – for what? The last photo of him alive?
Included at that level of thought are those involving some of his immediate family members who appear to be more interested in capitalising on Mandela’s death than in enjoying his well-being. Royalty squabbles and selling broadcast rights to his funeral are few of the things that grate in Wonkie’s mind.
Despite this, one can only hope that Madiba’s legacy will remain his incredible capacity for forgiveness. While there will undoubtedly be debate about his lacking vision post-struggle, his ability to forgive is unquestionable. For Wonkie, that, his charisma, and pitbull determination will always be what defines Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela, Madiba, come what may in the days ahead – Thank you and goodbye. Wonkie’s prayers are for you.
If you find this situation with Nelson Mandela too sad for words, why not skip playing lottery online or gambling online here, or at some online casino in South Africa this week. Instead, why not go out and do some random act of kindness and share it with the world.
Other articles on Nelson Mandela:
- What will happen when Nelson Mandela dies
- Nelson Mandela legacy
- Mandela Day – Does Madiba deserve it?
- Malema – the next Mandela?