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A Tribute most fitting
The passing of Nelson Mandela brought the world together as citizens around the globe focused on the life of a man who, though not perfect (no human being is), stood for the highest principles as he fought for justice and equality for all men. A freedom fighter who many advocate will be etched in history as the greatest of all time, Mandela must be remembered for posterity, especially in those countries which did not experience the atrocities of apartheid.
Nations must be encouraged to give serious and meaningful consideration about what will be done in their respective territories to ensure that the majesty of this extraordinary man is appreciated by future generations.
And while we must pay homage to our local heroes, whose contributions to our growth and development are often forgotten, Mandela stands out as an international icon of global appeal. That our country was one that Mandela visited when he was eventually freed after 27 years of imprisonment should be considered a blessing, because our nation, unlike many who mourned his death, has a lasting imprint of his presence.
The accolades that continue to shower praise on this outstanding individual will ring hollow if those who speak of his greatness do no more than mouth his accomplishments rather than implement his values. And while naming an aircraft in honour of Mandela may be worthy of applause, I am confident that he, though no longer walking amongst us, would much prefer that leaders of nations extol the virtues of honesty, fairness and truth during their tenure in office.
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