Nelson Mandela was a man who embodied and recognised that:,” …….the inherent dignity and …the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” (UDHR).
He was a man whose enduring vision was for life in which:“…..the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people.” (UDHR).
He was a man who as former Lawyer turned Human Rights Defender and Freedom Fighter knew only too well:“…..if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,…..” (UDHR).
He was a man who both as Prisoner-of-Conscience and President alike, was distinguished by his inspirational leadership to inspire others and other great leaders, who aspiring to follow his inspirational example: “…. reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,….” (UDHR).
….A man of unimpeachable integrity, and incorruptible spirit, you cannot separate the man from the legend, they are one in greatness and achievement.
And can we say we have truly honoured his greatness or done justice to his considerable sacrifice?
Not yet, but we will, he probably knew his dream would not be fully realised in his lifetime.
But he started the journey, ……a journey along the long road to Freedom…… and invited us all to walk with him …………..and beyond…….
“Sometimes it rests upon a generation to be great.
You be that great generation.
Let your greatness blossom.
Nelson Mandela 1918-2013