“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
– Nelson Mandela –
(18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)
People are dancing in the streets with tears and smiles as they embrace and meet — like we did in Pretoria, in ’94. ‘He was profoundly good’ I hear them say, now that you’ve passed away.
No words or self-important accolade can commemorate a life like yours — a man who never bent or compromised in bringing justice, giving freedom and for showing me, us and all of them, who we can truly be.
There’s a story in each of us of how you touched our lives. True heroes never die. But when all is said and done, there’s nothing left for us but to dance and weep and sing and witness your great spirit passing through.
Now that you’ve finally found your peace, perhaps you’ll return to where your soul belongs and bathe to your heart’s content in the waters of Umbashe River — like you did in ’35. And maybe you’ll spare a thought for us and think: ‘This is what freedom really means.’
Nkosi sikelel i afrika!
Images: Madiba – Graphic Art by FR Lubbe, Little Red Shoes
Text: FR Lubbe, Little Red Shoes