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In a time when the discourse on non­ra­cial­ism is be­ing in­ter­ro­gated and found want­ing, we should re­mem­ber that Man­dela’s in­stinct was al­ways to lis­ten to oth­ers, and to re­spect “the other”. He be­lieved in the power of di­a­logue. But at the same time, he stood by a moral code.

We should re­mem­ber how, dur­ing Codesa, he led the ANC’s with­drawal from ne­go­ti­a­tions in the wake of state-sanc­tioned vi­o­lence, yet kept chan­nels open to achieve a so­lu­tion.

Richard Sten­gel, Man­dela’s col­lab­o­ra­tor on Long Walk to Free­dom, noted that Man­dela “would al­ways rather per­suade you to do some­thing than or­der you to do so ... [But he] will al­ways stand up for what he be­lieves is right with a stub­born­ness that is vir­tu­ally un­bend­ing”.

LIS­TEN TO OTH­ERS, BUT STAND BY YOUR CON­VIC­TIONS

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