Rebirth of a nation

27th April 2021

Open letter to Madiba

Dear Tatomkhulu,

I can still see that broad smile on your face as you were about to cast your first ballot after waiting in the queue in our first democratic elections on 27th April 1994. That moment captured the hopes of millions in South Africa and around the world who had sacrificed life and limb for our freedom and for your release from 27 years of incarceration. It was symbolic of the rebirth of our nation disenfranchised by three and half centuries of colonial occupation and decades of apartheid.

Our journey has not been an easy one but under your leadership we chose nation building, national reconciliation and social cohesion and we stepped away from the brinkmanship of civil war and chaos that some extreme elements on both sides of the political spectrum were gleefully intent on. How fortunate we were that you remained calm and yet decisive in leadership and your faith in the collective wisdom to do what is right for South Africa and her people remained unshakable.

How odd it is that we have nearly come full circle. The corruption of the apartheid regime that you so vehemently decried has now insipidly entered our ranks and the threat of factionalism looms large. The rumblings from KwaZulu Natal caused consternation then and seems to be brewing yet again. Despite that and other maschinations we forged ahead and despite many obstacles we made significant progress in many areas.

Yes we have accomplished a great deal; 7 million new houses built, 12 million school children are provided with a nutritious meal each day, 17 million South Africans receive a monthly grant amongst others, and our spend on the apex priorities of education and primary health care has quantum leaped. The education budget alone has grown from R93 billion in the last apartheid budget in 1993 to well over R300 billion and we have reached significant milestones although we still have a long way to go.

One of the most pressing issues that confronted us at the dawn of democracy was and remains the land question. For the majority of our people it was at the very root of our loss of dignity and alienation in the land of our forefathers. You chose the reconcilatory approach and harboured great faith in the good will of the white farmers and landowners to be willing and eager participants in the willing buyer willing seller paradigm. It was fraught with risk as they dug in their heels as they still do now. Another failed experiment.

It seems that whatever argument we advance be it unlocking the economic potential of South Africa’s surplus productive land or the looming chaos of rising land hunger and illegal occupations even the reality of unemployment, hunger, poverty and suffering faced by the majority seems to count very little in the scales of those hanging on to the land. Their ubiquitous arguments centre on the primacy of property rights to attract foreign investment and guarantee stability. It escapes them that the property rights that they so ardently advocate is also claimed by the victims of the 1913 SA Natives Land Act and moreso by those who have first nation status and whose legitimate claims predate 1652.

Quo vadis? How shall we find each other again in a way that restores land justice, addresses the hunger, poverty and unemployment that stares us in the face and yet still advances the project of nation building, national reconciliation and social cohesion. You argued that negotiation necessitates compromise and negotiation can never harbour the expectation of ending up with your position fully intact. Something must give and all patriotic South Africans must and will dig deep in search of solutions. What would Madiba do?

The suffering children and mothers of Palestine, Western Sahara, Kashmir, Myanmar, Syria, Yemen and Northern Mozambique still call for justice in your name. How long will their cries fall on deaf ears. Our freedom has always been tied inextricably to the cause of international human solidarity and building a better and just world. We shall never abandon your legacy of fighting for the voiceless and suffering masses all over the world.

Finally, you demonstrated your leadership in the face of the HIV/AIDS crisis that gripped our nation and led to the loss of your son and my father Makgatho Lewanika Mandela and thousands of others. Today, under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa the nation gathers for family time even as many endure the loss of loved ones and we hang on in the hope of overcoming the ravages of the Covid 19 pandemic. The devastation, loss of lives and fear that has gripped the world still looms large. From whence will the help come?

In those moments that we rest for a while upon the hilltop reflecting on the deep valleys and ravines that we have traversed; I hear your calming voice that there are yet many more mountains to climb and many a river to cross and the everlooming presence of threats, dangers and precipices that may derail us. Yet we should never lose hope nor ever give up for the sacrifices of those who have gone before us still nourish our tree of freedom. We have much to do for with freedom comes immense responsibilities. The glitter of hope and expectation of freedom and a better tomorrow still glistens in the eyes of our children. We dare not fail them for in doing so we would fail you.

Rest in peace and in the knowledge that the struggle continues and we shall not falter nor shall we rest.

Happy Freedom Day

Yours lovingly,

Nkosi Zwelivelile
Royal House of Mandela
Mvezo Komkhulu
P.O. Box 126
Viedgesville 5102
Eastern Cape Province
South Africa 🇿🇦



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Commemorating 30 years of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s release.

Mvezo Komkhulu (The Great Place), Tuesday 11th February 2020: The commemoration of 30 years since President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s release provides us with an occassion to reflect and ponder on the road we have travelled and how far we have reached on the long walk to freedom; freedom from poverty; freedom from racism and discrimination of all kinds; and freedom for each South African to achieve their true potential. The more important question we must all ask ourselves is: what must still be done? If Madiba were with us today, what would his advice be?

I can find no more meaningful and significant response to that question than what Nkosi Dalibhunga himself said from the balcony of Cape Town City Hall on that historic day on the 11th February 1990 when addressing hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the Grand Parade and broadcast live to billions around the world: “I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”

These words have more than melancholic significance and speaks to three distinct axiomatic truths without which our democracy stands doomed. The first and most lacking in our collective psyche is the culture of service or being a servant of the people. In its place we have demagogues who regard themselves as superior to the people; who regard the people as their subjects and election fodder. We need to deeply reflect on this reality. One of the first acts Madiba publicly announced was a cut in his Presidential salary. Today, public office bearers insist on driving the best cars, living in the most luxurious mansions and enjoying the most opulent lifestyles. What happened to being a humble servant of the people?

It is no small wonder that we are faced with the pandemic of corruption for the goal is self-aggrandizement at the expense of the people. This is not only true of the public sector but is perhaps even more rampant in the private sector where the notion of South Africa belongs to all who live in it is simply translated into a caveat of monopoly capital with the people as perpetual slaves of those who really own it; the land, the mineral wealth, industry and agriculture.

The second axiom evident in that historic message is a blatant acknowledgement that is required. In a single stroke President Mandela invoked more than three centuries of struggle acknowledging that his release and indeed 25 years of democracy was only possible because of: the tireless and heroic sacrifices that have made possible for us to be here today. No political office-bearer or community leader made it to high office through their own ballot or by their own efforts.

We must return the power to the people or as Cde Che Guevara remarked: “the people are their own best liberators”. Many commentators have blamed our current state of affairs on the demise of the Mass Democratic Movement post 1994 or at best its inactivity. We can never overcome the myriad challenges that we face without an activist citizenry. This does not include the third force foreign funded NGOs and lobbies that Nkosi Dalibhunga warned of in 1994. These ride the crest of social activism under the banner of many social causes such as land, housing, healthcare, education and youth development. These drive foreign agendas inimical to our national interest and welfare of our people. We must find true north and revive the selfless social activism that secured Madiba’s release and set our nation on the path to democracy.

In finding this moral compass we shall give expression to the third axiom or self evident truth in those historic words that President Mandela uttered. Are there any leaders out there who are willing today to pledge to the people of South Africa lifelong service? Is that a bridge too far? Is there none who will say to the people of this country: “I place the remaining years of my life in your hands!” What a man and what a moment it was. It was a political and personal triumph merged into one as he was reunited with his comrades and the people; and with his family whom he dearly loved and missed after three decades of incarceration during which he lost his mother Nosekeni and Thembekile, his son. In that moment he surrenders it all to serve the people.

Today, remember him and call on all South Africans who love and emulate him to once again respond to his call. We can make South Africa great again. We can fight the scourge of poverty and corruption. We can overcome all obstacles and achieve the vision of a united, free, non-racial, non-sexist and just South Africa in which all can enjoy prosperity and a better life for all.


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