Rolihlahla Mandela

On May 10, 1994, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sworn in as the first ever black democratic South African President. With an overwhelming number of votes in his favor, Madiba as he is fondly called won the elections.

Madiba is undoubtedly the father of South Africans. He is an epitome of resilience and strength. Not even the prison bars could break him. After 27 hard years in prison, he was found indisputably worthy to lead the hurting nation.

Mandela is literally the human image that comes to mind when SA is mentioned.

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Mandela and his African National Congress party won by a landslide. Still they opted to form a national unity coalition with the opposing National Party. This singular act amongst others completely shows his heart of gold.

Madiba is a global figure whose name speaks for itself; the typical human being with a human heart. Around the world he is remembered for peace, unity, forgiveness and progress.

“If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.”

Last month, Madiba’s statue was erected in Palestine. The Mandela statue which cost about R6 million ($392, 42o) was created by South African artists, Tania Lee, Christina Salvoldi and Lungisa Kala. Since the unveiling of the statue, the Al-Tireh area, in Ramallah city have been renamed to the Nelson Mandela Square.

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For a foreign country to see the need to have the statue of Madiba says volume about the legacy he left behind. Did you know that there have been attempts to transform Mandela’s birthday into an international day of good works?

Politically, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela set examples worthy of emulation. For years he opposed the apartheid government. He did it without guns or swords. Finally freedom was achieved. As he would say, “it always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“We saw our country tear itself apart in terrible conflict… The time for healing of wounds has come… Never, never again will this beautiful land experience the oppression of one by another.” – Nelson Mandela