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Mandela: ‘Memory is the fabric of identity’

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Mandela-Mail_and_GuardianPoignant writing by Nic Dawes in South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, as Nelson Mandela remains in hospital:

“The truth is that Nelson Mandela has been absent not just from banquets, front pages, and the high councils of the ANC, for close to a decade. He has too often been absent from our conception of ourselves, and the messy, joyous work of building a democracy in which the full realisation of our individual and collective humanity is possible.”

“The ANC, which he regarded as essential to the transformation of our national life, without which, he said, “I would be nothing”, is struggling amid factionalism and greed to recall his 2009 injunction “to let the good of our people always remain supreme in all our considerations”.”

“As much as he may have sought peace after a life of constant struggle, Madiba was also teaching a basic lesson: this must be a nation of laws, and of institutions, not of men, certainly not of one man. We, his people, are less gifted.”

Written by makanaka

June 28, 2013 at 11:16

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  1. Reblogged this on SanQQ.

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    June 28, 2013 at 15:21


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