Nelson Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 and South Africans of all hues and backgrounds dedicate this day to honouring the man who gave much of his life to our country and taught us that together we are stronger than the sum of our parts. It also serves as a reminder that despite Mandela’s invaluable contributions, there still remains much work to be done. By MONDLI ZONDO.
This year, I will be celebrating Mandela Day from abroad as I am currently in the United States as a Mandela Washington Fellow – President Barack Obama’s flagship programme for young African leaders.
I have recently been privy to a vigorous discussion with other African Fellows about his legacy, his leadership and his values.
During these discussions, references were made to views held by some in my country of Mandela being a ‘sell-out’. There are people who feel that Mandela negotiated a bad deal, particularly for the black majority, when apartheid ended in 1994. There may be merit to some of these sentiments but I would like to make one thing clear: Mandela was no sell-out.
It is tempting and easy to cast aspersions when looking at any situation in hindsight. There…
Source: Daily Maverick.