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Farewell, Nelson Mandela…

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)

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Truly, one of the giants of the 20th century has passed away.  If the human race is to survive and progress, with social justice all all, and an end to prejudice and intolerance – then we will need leaders like Nelson Mandela to show the way.

Perhaps there is hope for us yet, as we cling to  this insignificant little blue-green planet, at the edge of the galaxy…

Thank you, Mr Mandela, for showing us that there are better ways to live.

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  1. Mooloo magic
    6 December 2013 at 10:02 pm

    No doubt our PM will feel obliged to attend Mandela‘s funeral, I can’t help feel that the leader of the party that for too long supported the Apartheid Government of South Africa (and did not Muldoon once describe Mandela as a terrorist) that Key’s attendance would be an insult to his memory. This is after the man who claims he does not recall where he stood on the 1981 tour. The National Party have a shameful past of supporting the evil National Party South Africa and lets us not forget that most of Africa boycotted the 1976 Olympic because Muldoon did not have the political courage to instruct the NZRFU not to allow the All Blacks to tour South Africa in 1976.
    Although we cannot hold Key to account for the actions of the third National Government it does leave a sour taste in my mouth that a National PM will attend the funeral.
    Key is cynical enough to see this as another photo opportunity he is just too unworthy to represent us the funeral of this giant of a man.

    • 7 December 2013 at 7:28 am

      I concur, Mooloo. At first blush there appears to be a certain disconnect having a National government represented at Mandela’s funeral.

      Then again, what better way to remind the National Party and their staunch supporters that when it counted the most, they failed to support South Africa’s liberator and most famous son.

      It’s a strange irony…

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