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CWU BIDS MANDELA FAREWELL

posted 8 Dec 2013, 19:16 by Gerry Kangalee

FAREWELL COMRADE NELSON MANDELA

The Communication Workers' Union joins the rest of the world in celebrating the life of a Comrade who can best be described as the conscience of the world. Comrade Nelson Mandela will always be remembered for his role in the struggle for FREEDOM, HUMAN DIGNITY, HUMAN RIGHTS and SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR ALL.

In particular he will be remembered for consistently refusing to compromise his political position on the apartheid policies in South Africa in order to obtain his own freedom.

As a Leader he had Global appeal because of his charisma, and lack of bitterness over his harsh treatment. During his struggle against the apartheid system he was arrested and charged with sabotage and attempting to violently overthrow the government.

Despite his arrest he used this opportunity to convey his beliefs about democracy, freedom and equality. In that regard he was quoted as saying “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die".

Comrade Mandela’s life story fulfilled these words and despite being imprisoned, the struggle against apartheid continued until he was eventually released in 1990 and subsequently became the first democratically elected President of South Africa in 1994.

His resume would state that he was a Lawyer, anti apartheid activist, banned person, Robben Island prisoner and first elected President of a democratic South Africa, but he would best be remembered as a revolutionary leader who spent nearly seven decades of his life in the struggle against white minority rule and for a free and democratic non racial society.

"His innings is over; his bat is laid down, bowled out by death’s unerring ball"

He has played a valiant innings but his stay at the crease has come to an end. So as we celebrate the life of a Comrade who has been not only South Africa’s finest son but also the world’s most admired Leader, we must be inspired by his life’s struggles and achievements as we continue to strive for a world of PEACE, EQUALITY and JUSTICE.

REST IN PEACE FREEDOM FIGHTER. COMRADE NELSON MANDELA. YOU HAVE PLAYED A GOOD INNINGS
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