#RememberMandela

Today marks the year anniversary of the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

The news of his death sent a nation into a ten day period of mourning as people all over world reflected on the impact that he made in their lives.

Whether you call this great man Madiba, Tata ("Father") or the "Father of the Nation", one common factor is that he left behind a legacy that has been embedded in the minds of all South Africans, as well as the International community.

On the Redi Tlhabi Show this morning, which was hosted by Nikiwe Bikitsha, close friends, government officials and listeners of 702 and Cape Talk paid homage to the legacy of Madiba and described how they and South Africans should and do emulate the honour and spirit of Madiba.

The show was opened by poet, Zolani Mkiva who praised Madiba and reiterated that Madiba has given so much during our lifetime and has left us with a legacy.

I am of the view that he is still looking over us...

Zolani Mkiva, praise poet

Madiba's former private secretary, Zelda La Grange, also shared the lessons that she learned from him, which includes discipline, respect and integrity.

It would be a great injustice if I forget the lessons and values he taught me....

Zelda La Grange

A very emotional Ahmed Kathrada, South African politician and former political prisoner, anti-apartheid activist and life long friend to Madiba spoke about how difficult it is to reconcile oneself with this anniversary, but still believes that as a country we have made progress.

Advocate George Bizos reiterated Madiba's legacy and reflected on the memories that their 65 year friendship has brought him. He also pointed out that Madiba never wanted to be thought of as a saint, which confirms the humility that exuded Madiba.

It is a difficult day but we have to be stoic about it. Non of us are immortal, we have to accept death as part of life.

George Bizos

The former Minister of Madiba's Cabinet, Jay Naidoo pointed out the important lessons that we should learn from Madiba.

The first thing is that we should stop yearning for the past and start living in the present. Each South African should say, 'what am I doing in my individual capacity to carry forward the Mandela Legacy?'

Jay Naidoo

Many callers also shared what they have learned from this learned man and how they emulate his honour. Whatever you feel about this man, one thing is certain, he did indeed leave a positive footprint on this country and for all South Africans. RIP Madiba!


This article first appeared on 702 : #RememberMandela


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