Mamoepa be­lieved in ser­vice above self

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL - Farouk Araie

AN­OTHER spear has fallen, in the pass­ing of true and ded­i­cated ANC stal­wart and free­dom fighter, Ron­nie Mamoepa.

The na­tion has lost a courageous man and a true South African hero. His quiet fight for equal­ity sounded the bells of free­dom for mil­lions.

He demon­strated with hu­mil­ity, dig­nity, com­mit­ment, and re­solve the power of an or­di­nary per­son, work­ing with oth­ers, to do ex­tra­or­di­nary things.

We cher­ish the noble ideals that spurred him into ac­tion. His re­solve and pas­sion for ac­com­plish­ing sta­bil­ity in south­ern Africa will be missed, at this crit­i­cal stage.

Our so­ci­ety teaches his­tory through sto­ries of re­mark­able in­di­vid­u­als, and while Mamoepa was in­deed re­mark­able, his legacy is also about col­lec­tive ac­tion, willed risk, in­ten­tional plans and mass move­ment.

His legacy is the story of ac­tions taken in the face of great risk to ef­fect change.

Mamoepa was a per­son who be­lieved in ser­vice above self and that he steered clear of any ac­tiv­ity that would com­pro­mise his in­tegrity.

De­ter­min­ing our rights as hu­man be­ings, the cause to which he gave his life will not be for­got­ten.

It should both sad­den and chal­lenge us that Mamoepa’s courageous spirit and prin­ci­pled con­vic­tions are such a rare value in this quiet, po­lit­i­cally cor­rect, un­prin­ci­pled, com­mod­ity-driven world.

He de­fied the na­tion­al­ist regime with his fear­less­ness and his com­mit­ment to a free and fair so­ci­ety.

His gen­tile and non-con­fronta­tional ap­proach to pol­i­tics had en­deared him to many ac­tors across the po­lit­i­cal di­vide.

Courage in the face of op­pres­sion, re­sis­tance in the face of in­jus­tice. That is the en­dur­ing legacy of Mamoepa. He was a courageous man who did what he be­lieved was fair and right.

He is a tes­ta­ment to the power of one in­di­vid­ual will­ing to fight for their be­liefs.

We all owe a debt of grat­i­tude to Mamoepa for his con­tri­bu­tion to free­dom and jus­tice for all men and women in this coun­try. Truly, his ac­tions changed the course of his­tory.

Let us build a pros­per­ous so­ci­ety, true to the deeds of our fallen gal­lant free­dom fight­ers, like Mamoepa.

Thank you, Ron­nie Mamoepa, for be­ing one of the ar­chi­tects of our free­dom. You did so much, for so many, for so lit­tle. You will al­ways re­main a sym­bol of in­di­vid­ual ex­cel­lence.

We pray that we may all be granted for­ti­tude dur­ing this dif­fi­cult pe­riod of mourn­ing.

A courageous man who did what he be­lieved was fair and right

Benoni

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