As we celebrate the eventful life of Nelson Mandela, his many achievements and awards we must ensure that the lessons he taught us do not die along with him. As a 90’s child Mandela’s struggle was something I never claimed to know much about. He was someone I read about, and saw on the TV. I wasn’t fortunate enough to witness him in action. Nonetheless, I like so many people all over the world learnt so much from him. It is inevitable that we will all continue to learn from him as his legacy lives on.
Nelson Mandela symbolizes possibility. He believed that it was possible to end apartheid and he was successful in achieving that goal. Even when world leaders such as Margret Thatcher labelled him a “terrorist,” while he was imprisoned he didn’t stop believing that a free society would come into existence. Furthermore the fact that he was succeeded democratically, and he is not South Africa’s richest man is another symbol –especially here in Africa- that it is possible to be in politics for the good of the people and not for personal enrichment.