He gave us free­dom, com­pas­sion, him­self

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AS WE cel­e­brate the life of Madiba, our icon, let us strive to main­tain and sus­tain his legacy.

It’s a legacy of one na­tion, one South Africa, through the pro­mo­tion of the com­mon good, tol­er­ance, re­spect for the dig­nity of oth­ers and the deep­en­ing of democ­racy through dili­gent ob­ser­vance of the bal­ances em­bed­ded in the con­sti­tu­tion, such as the Bill of Rights, free­dom of ex­pres­sion, and the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary.

In Rein­hold Nieb­hur’s wise words: “Man’s ca­pac­ity for jus­tice makes democ­racy pos­si­ble; man’s in­cli­na­tion to in­jus­tice makes democ­racy nec­es­sary”.

As a South African, I am filled with ap­pre­ci­a­tion for a man who gave us so much: free­dom, love, com­pas­sion, gra­cious­ness and, of course, him­self. His self­lesss­ness is what we re­mem­ber him by and we will con­tinue to keep him in our hearts. It takes a vil­lage to raise a child, and all South Africa’s chil­dren to con­tinue the work which the fa­ther of our democ­racy ini­ti­ated.

In Se­pedi they say: “Life is a mes­sage – lis­ten to it. Life is a be­lief – trust it. Life is a gift – ac­cept it. Life is love – think about it. Life is an ad­ven­ture – dare it.”

As we lament the death of the great states­man, we are nev­er­the­less united in cel­e­brat­ing a life well lived.

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