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Hamba Kahle Madiba

Even though we all knew it was coming, I couldn’t help but get teary eyed when I received a text that Nelson Mandela had passed away.

Nelson Mandela

Some of you know that I am from Botswana, a country just north of South Africa.  But my mother was born and raised there; and most of her family (my family) still lives there.  My parents met and married in South Africa; and I don’t know the details, but I do know that the Bantu education system during the apariteid years had a lot to do with why we moved back to Botswana during the 70’s. 

I’m pretty sure that move from Soweto to Gaborone, saved my family.

I once came across my parents “passbooks”.  These were little books that gave the indigenous folks permission to move around South Africa, to move around their own homeland.  Imagine needing a little passport to travel within America.

Madiba fought against that.  Even before he joined the struggle as pro-peace, he was such an inspiration to his people.  His behavior since walking out of prison has been exemplary.  I wish ALL world leaders led by his example.  He may have thrown bombs at post offices and other buildings prior to his prison-term, but his legacy will always be that of truth and reconciliation.  That man’s strength is … indescribable.

I don’t know what else to say.  There are no words…

Hamba kahle baba.  And thank you, Re a leboga.

Stay blessed.

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