“The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.”
This week South Africa and the world witnessed the highest level of international consensus ever seen in recent times over the passing of a great political leader.
As an organization that strives to build international consensus to help resolve conflicts especially in Africa, SALO will continue to be guided and inspired by the life, dreams and words of Nelson Mandela.
- Welile Nhlapo (Facebook entry 6th December 2013):
An extraordinary life of an ordinary man united the entire humanity in grief as the UN General Assembly observed a moment of silence in honour of our dear Madiba. The UN flag is flying in half staff…a first for a former Head of State.
- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered that after climbing a great hill, one finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”
- Elinor Sisulu (Facebook entry 6th December 2013)
Today has been a day of reminiscence. One that I would like to share is MaSisulu’s account of Mandela’s Statement from the Dock at the Rivonia Trial:
Mandela had spoken for five hours. The impact he had on the court was profound. Albertina recalls it as one of the most moving experiences of her life. : “Outside it was a cloudy day with a fine drizzle coming down. It was dark inside the courtroom and completely quiet. I could not take my eyes off Nelson standing there. Walter was sitting next to him. After an hour Walter passed him a glass of water. he went on describing our history and our struggle. By the time he reached the end of his address, we were moved beyond words. And the women! The women were all in tears. When he said ‘I am prepared to die’, I did not realise that tears were pouring down my face.”
When Mandela stopped speaking, there was complete silence for half a minute or more. His audience had just heard one of history’s great political speeches.
- Ms Isabella Matambanadzo – SALO Board Member (Email 6 December 2013)
Thinking of each of you today at this time of our collective Epic loss of our beloved Mandela. The man who did so much to ensure that at home and away Africans enjoyed dignity. May his might soul know of our eternal love and gratitude.
- Extracts from an address: “NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA – A REFLECTION” – By Bishop Rubin Phillip, Chair: SALO, 12 December 2013
How do we honour this life that was lived for us, that was lived for the world?This life that has been unexpectedly long and yet invariably too short?; this life that bore so much pain and yet finally, offered healing; this life that was imprisoned for so long and yet signaled freedom; that embodied struggle and, eventually, victory and yet witnessed too the erosion of the promises of that victory.
Read more here: On Madiba’s passing
- African National Congress Statement, 6 December 2013 – Passing of Cde Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
“In the life of every nation, there arise men who leave an indelible and eternal stamp on the history of their peoples; men who are both products and makers of history. And when they pass they leave a vision of a new and better life and the tools with which to win and build it.”
With deep sorrow and a profound sense of loss, the African National Congress received the sad news of the passing of our Isithwalandwe and former President, Comrade Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
Read more here: African National Congress Statement – Mandela
- NELSON MANDELA: A LEGACY TRANSCENDING CENTURIES – THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES – Joel Netshitenzhe, Executive Director (MISTRA), 06 December 2013
The attribute of great leadership is the ability at once to follow and to inspire. Its attendant punishment is the loss of the private self: becoming, often by default and sometimes by design, common property.
Read more here: A LEGACY TRANSCENDING CENTURIES – THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES
Zimbabwe’s rival political party leaders united on Wednesday as they attended a memorial service in honour of the late South African President Nelson Mandela. – The Zimbabwe Mail
President Jacob Zuma has announced that Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. Mandela was elected South Africa’s first black president after he spent 27 years in prison.