Words of Wisdom: The Legacy of Mandela

Alone Pilusa.
Alone Pilusa.

On 18 July, thousands of South Africans once again took time out from their busy schedules to go out and serve the less fortunate, whether by giving food or clothes, and/ or cleaning the orphanages.
I was encouraged to see more people understanding and joining in the campaign of 67 minutes of community service. But, I still feel that our country is not utilising the legacy of Former President Nelson Mandela efficiently and effectively.

In my view, the legacy of the father of the nation is like gold to this country. Simply by replicating and emulating it, we are bound to yield good results.
When Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela took a stand on the dock at the opening of the defence case in the Rivonia Trial, in Pretoria Supreme Court, 20 April 1964 he said these words that have inspired the vision of the new South Africa, ‘During my lifetime, I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against
white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished
the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.

It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve but, if needs be, it an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’

In other words, from the bottom line of this statement, we are able to extract Mandela’s vision. In essence, it was something he was prepared to die for.
If we truly understood what the world icon envisaged for our country and bought into his vision, I don’t believe we would be seeing the crime rate that torments us as it does or the racial crisis that seems to be entangling us like a spider’s web. Of course, Mandela was not perfect just like the rest of us but, his values, principles, ethics,
and vision remain timeless seeds that we can plant in our society and expect a good harvest in the long run.
As we remember the life of Madiba, we need to incorporate the principles and ideals he upheld in his personal life. Fighting among ourselves won’t solve anything it will only plunge us deeper into crisis. We need to implement the legacy of Mandela with the same vigour that we hand out food parcels, clothes and so forth.
Don’t get me wrong, I am fully behind the idea of giving to the poor but, by the same token, our society is very poor at leadership, morals and love.
For example, South Africa is ranked among the most corrupt nations in the world. For sure, Mandela Day is needed for the officials driving that national embarrassment. No doubt, the motorists who can’t tolerate one another, given the number of road rage incidents, reported and otherwise, need Mandela Day,… I can give examples until the
cows come home.
On Power FM, the former president, Thabo Mbeki said, ’If you misdiagnose the problem, the solution will be wrong’.

We all have the responsibility of making SA better. Thank God for giving us Mandela as a gift of leadership. As we try to emulate his legacy, don’t forget to create and develop your own legacy that can help the generation after you are gone. Love, peace and happiness.

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