Long live Nel­son Man­dela!

“MADIBA WAS THE EM­BOD­I­MENT OF OUR HOPES AND AS­PI­RA­TIONS. HE IN­SPIRED US TO DREAM OF BET­TER VER­SIONS OF OUR­SELVES.”

Destiny Man - - ED’S NOTE -

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”!

Happy read­ing!

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