Long live Nelson Mandela!
“MADIBA WAS THE EMBODIMENT OF OUR HOPES AND ASPIRATIONS. HE INSPIRED US TO DREAM OF BETTER VERSIONS OF OURSELVES.”
Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke once questioned the amount of power vested in the office of the State President. Speaking at the Mapungubwe Institute and the Thabo Mbeki Leadership Institute back in 2014, Moseneke recalled that when disputes arose over the apportioning of power during the constitutional talks in the 1990s, the negotiators were focused on incumbent head of state Nelson Mandela, and were perfectly happy to vest those powers in his hands. “Mandela would have done the right thing,” was the sentiment, said Moseneke.
Indeed. As someone known to be honourable, just and incorruptible, Madiba could always be trusted to do what was best for the country. Since then, we’ve learnt the hard way that not all Presidents are like that. Some, alas, go rogue.
Madiba was the embodiment of our hopes and aspirations. He inspired us to dream of better versions of ourselves. In July, the world will celebrate the centenary of the great man’s birth – a most timely event, in the midst of growing cynicism about the
New South Africa. A decade of corruption and maladministration has set the nation adrift, causing large sectors of our population to lose hope.
For this special edition, we were privileged to have been granted an audience with the President of the Republic (p26), during which he not only reminded us of the values embraced by Mandela, but reminisced on his own relationship with him and declared his resolve to uphold Madiba’s legacy in steering the nation back on course.
The contentious issue of land reform has (rightfully) taken centre stage in the past few months. It’s one to which lip-service has been paid for far too long, with little actually done about it. In our Investigation feature (p34), Lucas Ledwaba examines whether a constitutional amendment is required in order to implement land expropriation without compensation.
Finally, as the Fifa World Cup approaches its climax, we pay tribute to one of the finest footballers SA’s ever produced. Steven Pienaar recently announced his retirement from the game, after a career spanning nearly two decades. Ebrahim Moolla recalls his stellar career playing in the best leagues in the world. Take a bow, “Schillo”!