On December 5th, 2013 great Nelson Mandela passed away, leaving a legacy, even our great grand children would talk about one day. Many nations have dedicated this weekend to pay tribute to the great work he had done to South Africa and across the world. Not just because that I have to do that, but that I believe in his ‘movement’ against violation of human rights, segregation and oppression, I thought to share a little bit of what I read.
As a young South African, Nelson Mandela fought against prevailing political system, the so called Arpethied* . For the same reason, he was arrested in 1962 and was imprisoned for 27 years.
Arpatheid: “After the National Party gained power in South Africa in 1948, its all-white government immediately began enforcing existing policies of racial segregation under a system of legislation that it called apartheid. Under apartheid, nonwhite South Africans (a majority of the population) would be forced to live in separate areas from whites and use separate public facilities, and contact between the two groups would be limited. Despite strong and consistent opposition to apartheid within and outside of South Africa, its laws remained in effect for the better part of 50 years. In 1991, the government of President F.W. de Klerk began to repeal most of the legislation that provided the basis for apartheid.” -1
After getting released from the prison, leading by example, Mandela continue lead a non-violent campaigns across the country against the Arpatheid system.
“The time for the healing of the wounds has come,” he said. “The moment to bridge the chasm that divides us, has come.” – 2
After becoming the first black president in South Africa, he went to meet the man who ordered to imprison him for 27 years, just to give him a warm greeting. At this time South Africa was leading towards ‘Reconciliation’. Mandela wanted people with all the different colours to come together as one identity, South Africans. Can there be any better of an example to a country, that its president meet and shake hands of the man who violated his rights? His message to South Africans was to leave the hatred and oppressed mind-sets behind and start fighting the prevailing Arpatheid.
I think that Mandela had given a new meaning to the ‘forgiveness’. He continued to fight until he reached, his ultimate goal, a nation that has equal rights among everyone, despite their colour.