18 July is observed as International Nelson Mandela Day, let’s hear how our MzansiVoice panelists spent this day and what they think characterizes a person who embodies the spirit of Mandela.
HONOURING 67 MINUTES
Mandela Day is a time to give, share, and show compassion for others, especially the least fortunate. While it has lost its shine for some, the spirit of honouring Mandela’s legacy, however, still exists, even globally. On this day, acts of generosity are carried out which include visits to orphanages, donations of food and clothing to the needy, community environment clean-ups, and sanitary drives, among other things.
"I spent my day in my former primary school painting classroom and cleaning windows of classes, I normally come up with new plan every year on how I can make an impact on other people's life. To promote Ubuntu which has been degenerating over the years." - Male, Black, 25 - 34 years, GP
SENTIMENTS SHARED ABOUT THIS DAY
A spectrum of emotions where there is a school of thought that there should be goodwill and evidence of Ubuntu in communities. On the other hand, others believe that this honourable behaviour should be the norm and extend beyond this day. Besides this sentiment, we note disengagement from those who feel that Mandela’s legacy is being tarnished by corrupt political leadership. For these people, this day has lost its significance.
" I don't really celebrate this day. Mandela's legacy is dead. It is killed by the political corruption and moral bankruptcy of the elite class of this country." - Male, White, WC
FOLLOWING IN THE RIGHT FOOTSTEPS
Important values for someone who is worthy to be followed include selflessness, respect for all, strives to do better and right, speaking up for the voiceless, being able to work well with others, upholding the law, and has a strong and caring character.