Nelson Mandela's Legacy | Tribute to His Life & Influence
John Carlin tells of the private meetings that proved Mandela was a master at winning Mandela must have been the only person in the world, with the possible The attitude he adopted towards Reinders was the same one he activist who at the time of that fateful meeting (Mandela would later joke that. You may find yourself, though, among the people who are generally aware Nelson Mandela, born in , was a South African political activist who Almost no one calls him a "terrorist" anymore, of course, but some people did for a His victory against apartheid took a very different path than Gandhi's. MUCH of the sanctimonious grieving for Nelson Mandela is not just a sin But Mandela was no Christ nor even Gandhi nor Martin Luther King. more, including the Church St car bomb that killed 19 people. You can find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out here.
Gracias por luchar por la libertad e igualdad. Dejaste un gran legado Judith g December 6, at That the world may live up to your dreams. Paul and Kimberly Butler December 6, at Truly a great man!
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Ahmed Raja December 6, at I was not old enough to remember you as President. Yes, I am unfortunate for I was too young to enjoy your leadership completely. However, your actions have defined the life that My family and I are able to live. For that We should be eternally grateful. And so long as we protect our democracy, You will live on in all of us! Long Live the Legacy of Rolihlahla Mandela! Yvonne Barrett December 7, at Ian Paul, York, England December 7, at Your soul rests with us.
We well know that Peace in the World would give you Peace. A great man who will be remembered and honoured for all time. Helen Lawrance December 7, at I remember hearing of your struggles in the news and from my parents, and then I went to study more about it at Birmingham University where I did African Studies.
I remember these studies turned my brain inside out and a great truth was revealed to me.
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I discovered what colonialism really meant, what its legacy was. I learnt more about how white people were able to view black people as savages. You were a mighty beacon of hope. You worked tirelessly and have showed no bitterness. You did not get tempted by corruption. Thank you forever for what you have done on this Earth.
I am very sad to hear of your passing and wish you an eternal, peaceful rest. Karenne December 7, at A man of great character. His love for his nation and his forgiveness is inspirational.
Natalie December 7, at An angel sent to remind us of what love, courage, justice and democracy stands for. Nelson Mandela has been my personal hero and I have applied his teachings to my life.
I am truly sad that we no longer have him with us but it was time for him to join the rest of the angels in heaven. We, South Africans of all colour are his rainbow nation, we have to continue to walk in his footsteps and work together as a nation.
We have to forget the past and become one team, working to better all equally and fairly. We are all unique, have different skin colour and different cultures but we all want peace, respect, love and democracy.
We have to live by what he has taught us, change starts with Forgiveness. Lets us forget and start today now for that is what he wanted. We are his rainbow nation, South Africa and the World.
I will cherise him always. Deborah Renaud December 7, at You have shown us what it is to live a life of integrity, love and peace.
You have demonstrated how powerful these qualities are. What a different world we would have if there were just hundreds, or even thousands, more like you! You have lived life well and have shown the way. God bless Deb x Sarah Park December 7, at 1: The world has lost a great man and a great leader. The world mourns his passing but celebrates in his legacy and achievements.
Nelson Mandela will not be forgotten. Patimass Seu December 7, at 1: Mandela, You are an inspirational man all the good you have shown will last for generations. You will always be in are hearts because you truly loved everyone Tim and Mart Japing December 7, at 1: I sincerely hope and wish that his integrity and his ability to step over bounaries will be an inspiration and a duty for politicians and people alike.
All my best wishes to the people of the Rainbow Nation. Andre Everett December 7, at 1: In I lined through the word Free. I will devote time to learn of Mandela and try to live by his beliefs and love other humans Sharon Yankelson December 7, at 1: I wish his family long life.
Fawcett December 7, at 1: Makes me wonder who is left to share the wisdom and knowledge that has sadly gone with his passing.
May we never forget what you have done for humanity and may I never forget the conviction and compassion you spoke of and with while in Toronto in Still a moving experience for me to this day and forever. You will always be the greatest world leader who other world leaders should learn from! P Dr Lionel Bopage December 7, at 2: He cherished and lived his life for the ideals of democracy, where people can enjoy equity of opportunity so that they could live harmoniously in unity.
He was prepared to die for this cause. We who formed Umkhonto were all members of the African National Congress, and had behind us the ANC tradition of non-violence and negotiation as a means of solving political disputes. We believe that South Africa belongs to all the people who live in it, and not to one group, be it black or white.
We did not want an interracial war, and tried to avoid it to the last minute. If the Court is in doubt about this, it will be seen that the whole history of our organization bears out what I have said, and what I will subsequently say, when I describe the tactics which Umkhonto decided to adopt.
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. The ANC has never at any period of its history advocated a revolutionary change in the economic structure of the country, nor has it, to the best of my recollection, ever condemned capitalist society.
No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end. From Nelson Mandela By Himself: Mandela and The Nelson Mandela Foundation I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles. Nelson Mandela on friendship, From his unplubished autobiographical manuscript written in Mandela and The Nelson Mandela Foundation I have never regarded any man as my superior, either in my life outside or inside prison.
Your freedom and mine cannot be separated. Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Refusing to bargain for freedom after 21 years in prison, as quoted in TIME 25 February s[ edit ] Death is something inevitable.
When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his countryhe can sit in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity. I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands. Speech on the day of his release, Cape Town 11 February In Natal, apartheid is a deadly cancer in our midst, setting house against house, and eating away at the precious ties that bound us together.
This strife among ourselves wastes our energy and destroys our unity. My message to those of you involved in this battle of brother against brother is this: Close down the death factories. End this war now! Speech to a Rally, Durban 25 February ; Republished in: Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Nelson Mandela: An Ecological Study, p.
This is a very disturbing situation, because the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow That is not racism, that is how nature works. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his countryhe can rest in peace. On death, in an interview for the documentary Mandela Mandela and The Nelson Mandela Foundation I had no specific belief except that our cause was just, was very strong and it was winning more and more support.
Mandela and The Nelson Mandela Foundation We should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences. A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favour.
It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens. Nelson Mandela on freedom of expressionAt the international press institute congress 14 February Mandela and The Nelson Mandela Foundation It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences. Mandela and The Nelson Mandela Foundation When inthe United Nations passed the resolution inaugurating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, it was asserting the recognition that injustice and gross human rights violations were being perpetrated in Palestine.
In the same period, the UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians; without the resolution of conflicts in East Timor, the Sudan and other parts of the world. Address at The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 4 December Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.
I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. The majority of South Africans, black and white, recognize that apartheid has no future. It has to be ended by our own decisive mass action in order to build peace and security.
The mass campaign of defiance and other actions of our organization and people can only culminate in the establishment of democracy.
There must be an end to white monopoly on political power, and a fundamental restructuring of our political and economic systems to ensure that the inequalities of apartheid are addressed and our society thoroughly democratized. Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way. Universal suffrage on a common voters' roll in a united, democratic and non-racial South Africa is the only way to peace and racial harmony.
Speech at a Rally in Cuba [ edit ] Speech at a rally in Cuba marking the 32nd anniversary of the Cuban Revolution 26 July We have long wanted to visit your country and express the many feelings that we have about the Cuban revolution, about the role of Cuba in Africa, southern Africa, and the world. The Cuban people hold a special place in the hearts of the people of Africa. The Cuban internationalists have made a contribution to African independence, freedom, and justice, unparalleled for its principled and selfless character.
We admire the achievements of the Cuban revolution in the sphere of social welfare. We note the transformation from a country of imposed backwardness to universal literacy. We acknowledge your advances in the fields of health, education, and science. We too are also inspired by the life and example of Jose Martiwho is not only a Cuban and Latin American hero but justly honoured by all who struggle to be free.
We also honour the great Che Guevarawhose revolutionary exploits, including on our own continent, were too powerful for any prison censors to hide from us. The life of Che is an inspiration to all human beings who cherish freedom. We will always honour his memory. I must say that when we wanted to take up arms we approached numerous Western governments for assistance and we were never able to see any but the most junior ministers.
When we visited Cuba we were received by the highest officials and were immediately offered whatever we wanted and needed. That was our earliest experience with Cuban internationalism.
Long live the Cuban revolution! Long live Comrade Fidel Castro! We have joined you this Easter in an act of solidarity, and in an act of worship. We have come, like all the other pilgrims, to join in an act of renewal and rededication. The festival of Easter, which is so closely linked with the festival of the Passover, marks the rebirth of the resurrected Messiah, who without arms, without soldiers, without police and covert special forces, without hit squads or bands of vigilantes, overcame the mightiest state during his time.
This great festival of rejoicing marks the victory of the forces of life over death, of hope over despair. We pray with you for the blessings of peace!
We pray with you for the blessings of love! We pray with you for the blessings of freedom! We affirm it and we shall proclaim it from the mountaintops, that all people — be they black or white, be they brown or yellow, be they rich or poor, be they wise or fools, are created in the image of the Creator and are his children!
Those who dare to cast out from the human family people of a darker hue with their racism! Those who exclude from the sight of God's grace, people who profess another faith with their religious intolerance! Those who wish to keep their fellow countrymen away from God's bounty with forced removals! Those who have driven away from the altar of God people whom He has chosen to make different, commit an ugly sin!
The sin called Apartheid. Also quoted in Nelson Mandela: It will not be presumptuous of us if we also add, among our predecessors, the name of another outstanding Nobel Peace Prize winner, the late Rev Martin Luther King Jr. He, too, grappled with and died in the effort to make a contribution to the just solution of the same great issues of the day which we have had to face as South Africans.
We speak here of the challenge of the dichotomies of war and peace, violence and non-violence, racism and human dignity, oppression and repression and liberty and human rights, poverty and freedom from want. We stand here today as nothing more than a representative of the millions of our people who dared to rise up against a social system whose very essence is war, violence, racism, oppression, repression and the impoverishment of an entire people. I am also here today as a representative of the millions of people across the globe, the anti-apartheid movement, the governments and organisations that joined with us, not to fight against South Africa as a country or any of its peoples, but to oppose an inhuman system and sue for a speedy end to the apartheid crime against humanity.
These countless human beings, both inside and outside our country, had the nobility of spirit to stand in the path of tyranny and injustice, without seeking selfish gain. They recognised that an injury to one is an injury to all and therefore acted together in defense of justice and a common human decency. Because of their courage and persistence for many years, we can, today, even set the dates when all humanity will join together to celebrate one of the outstanding human victories of our century.
When that moment comes, we shall, together, rejoice in a common victory over racism, apartheid and white minority rule. This is indeed a joyous night. Although not yet final, we have received the provisional results of the election, and are delighted by the overwhelming support for the African National Congress. To all those in the African National Congress and the democratic movement who worked so hard these last few days and through these many decades, I thank you and honour you.
To the people of South Africa and the world who are watching: This is your victory too. You helped end apartheid, you stood with us through the transition. I watched, along with all of you, as the tens of thousands of our people stood patiently in long queues for many hours. Some sleeping on the open ground overnight waiting to cast this momentous vote. This is one of the most important moments in the life of our country. I stand here before you filled with deep pride and joy: You have shown such a calm, patient determination to reclaim this country as your own, - and joy that we can loudly proclaim from the rooftops — free at last!
Tomorrow, the entire ANC leadership and I will be back at our desks. We are rolling up our sleeves to begin tackling the problems our country faces. We ask you all to join us — go back to your jobs in the morning. Let's get South Africa working. For we must, together and without delay, begin to build a better life for all South Africans.
This means creating jobs building houses, providing education and bringing peace and security for all. The calm and tolerant atmosphere that prevailed during the elections depicts the type of South Africa we can build. It set the tone for the future. We might have our differences, but we are one people with a common destiny in our rich variety of culture, race and tradition.
People have voted for the party of their choice and we respect that. I hold out a hand of friendship to the leaders of all parties and their members, and ask all of them to join us in working together to tackle the problems we face as a nation.
Now is the time for celebration, for South Africans to join together to celebrate the birth of democracy. I raise a glass to you all for working so hard to achieve what can only be called a small miracle.
Let our celebrations be in keeping with the mood set in the elections, peaceful, respectful and disciplined, showing we are a people ready to assume the responsibilities of government. I promise that I will do my best to be worthy of the faith and confidence you have placed in me and my organisation, the African National Congress. Let us build the future together, and toast a better life for all South Africans. Inaugural speech [ edit ] Today we are entering a new era for our country and its people.
Today we celebrate not the victory of a party, but a victory for all the people of South Africa. Cape Town, 9 May Today we are entering a new era for our country and its people. Our country has arrived at a decision. Among all the parties that contested the elections, the overwhelming majority of South Africans have mandated the African National Congress to lead our country into the future.
The South Africa we have struggled for, in which all our people, be they African, Coloured, Indian or White, regard themselves as citizens of one nation is at hand. The names of those who were incarcerated on Robben Island is a roll call of resistance fighters and democrats spanning over three centuries.
If indeed this is a Cape of Good Hope, that hope owes much to the spirit of that legion of fighters and others of their calibre. In s the African National Congress was still setting the pace, being the first major political formation in South Africa to commit itself firmly to a Bill of Rights, which we published in November These milestones give concrete expression to what South Africa can become.
They speak of a constitutional, democratic, political order in which, regardless of colour, gender, religion, political opinion or sexual orientation, the law will provide for the equal protection of all citizens. They project a democracy in which the government, whomever that government may be, will be bound by a higher set of rules, embodied in a constitution, and will not be able govern the country as it pleases.
The people of South Africa have spoken in these elections. And change is what they will get. Our plan is to create jobs, promote peace and reconciliation, and to guarantee freedom for all South Africans. Today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world, confer glory and hope to newborn liberty.
Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud. Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity's belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.
All this we owe both to ourselves and to the peoples of the world who are so well represented here today. We thank all our distinguished international guests for having come to take possession with the people of our country of what is, after all, a common victory for justice, for peace, for human dignity.
We trust that you will continue to stand by us as we tackle the challenges of building peace, prosperity, non-sexism, non-racialism and democracy. The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us. We succeeded to take our last steps to freedom in conditions of relative peace.
We commit ourselves to the construction of a complete, just and lasting peace. We have triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of the millions of our people. We enter into a covenant that we shall build the society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity — a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.
We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free. Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward. We are both humbled and elevated by the honour and privilege that you, the people of South Africa, have bestowed on us, as the first President of a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist government.
We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.
The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement! Speech at the Zionist Christian Church Easter Conference [ edit ] We bow our heads in worship on this day and give thanks to the Almighty for the bounty He has bestowed upon us over the past year. We raise our voices in holy gladness to celebrate the victory of the risen Christ over the terrible forces of death.
Easter is a joyful festival! It is a celebration because it is indeed a festival of hope! Easter marks the renewal of life! The triumph of the light of truth over the darkness of falsehood!
Easter is a festival of human solidarity, because it celebrates the fulfilment of the Good News! The Good News borne by our risen Messiah who chose not one race, who chose not one country, who chose not one language, who chose not one tribe, who chose all of humankind! Each Easter marks the rebirth of our faith. It marks the victory of our risen Saviour over the torture of the cross and the grave. Our Messiah, who came to us in the form of a mortal man, but who by his suffering and crucifixion attained immortality.
Our Messiah, born like an outcast in a stable, and executed like criminal on the cross. Our Messiah, whose life bears testimony to the truth that there is no shame in poverty: Those who should be ashamed are they who impoverish others.
Whose life testifies to the truth that there is no shame in being persecuted: Those who should be ashamed are they who persecute others. Whose life proclaims the truth that there is no shame in being conquered: Those who should be ashamed are they who conquer others. Whose life testifies to the truth that there is no shame in being dispossessed: Those who should be ashamed are they who dispossess others.
Whose life testifies to the truth that there is no shame in being oppressed: Those who should be ashamed are they who oppress others. Are human beings inherently evil? What infuses individuals with the ego and ambition to so clamour for power that genocide assumes the mantle of means that justify coveted ends?
These are difficult questions, which, if wrongly examined can lead one to lose faith in fellow human beings. And there is where we would go wrong. Firstly, because to lose faith in fellow humans is, as the Archbishop would correctly point out, to lose faith in God and in the purpose of life itself.
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Secondly, it is erroneous to attribute to the human character a universal trait it does not possess — that of being either inherently evil or inherently humane.
I would venture to say that there is something inherently good in all human beings, deriving from, among other things, the attribute of social consciousness that we all possess. And, yes, there is also something inherently bad in all of us, flesh and blood as we are, with the attendant desire to perpetuate and pamper the self. From this premise arises the challenge to order our lives and mould our mores in such a way that the good in all of us takes precedence.
In other words, we are not passive and hapless souls waiting for manna or the plague from on high. All of us have a role to play in shaping society. Long Walk to Freedom [ edit ] No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion.
People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. A man who takes away another man's freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else's freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity. To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.