Mandela’s life story a reminder that all of us have human rights

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THE story of Madiba must be a constant reminder to countries like England and others that still perpetrate racism, xenophobia and human rights abuses against blacks. (This does not mean that our human rights watch encourages acts of terrorism).

More so, it has to serve as a constant reminder that human dignity is inviolable, that every man deserves freedom, that all humans are equal, that inequalities must not have any place in any part of the world and that human rights are an integral part of every human being’s life, regardless of his or her race or nationality.

The story of Madiba and other African nationalists who fought bravely for the same cause will always linger in our minds. Some are born great.

But others are not born great, but they do achieve greatness by sacrificing their lives to set others free from oppression. This is what Madiba will always be remembered for.

In this tribute one cannot omit the names of Oliver Tambo, Chris Hani (South Africa), Samora Machel (Mozambique), Joshua Nkomo, Josiah Tongogara, Ruth Chinamano (Zimbabwe), Kamuzu Banda (Malawi), Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta (Kenya), Kwame Nkrumah and others.

Nyerere is remembered for saying that “education should not be paper chasing only, but rather be practical orientated”. Thus he encouraged the teaching of practical subjects such as agriculture in his country and in all African countries.

African independence was born out of the same principles, the spirit of African nationalism, the “black consciousness”.

Mandela will always be remembered for all his efforts in fighting against injustice that was the daily order during the apartheid regime. Madiba resented inequalities and inequities that existed in South Africa during the apartheid regime.

Farewell, Madiba. Farewell, son of the soil. You might be gone but your spirit is still with everyone.

Njabulo, Port Elizabeth

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