We Will Miss Mandela, But Will He Miss Us? Nooo, So Let Us Set Him Free

Posted: July 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


WELL-wishers continue to gather, pray, and sing outside the hospital in Pretoria where former President Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition. And the journalists, whom Mandela’s family has called “vultures”, also continue to do the Mandela deathwatch outside.

The world, meanwhile, holds it breath and waits. At 94, and in ill-health the last 10 years, only the most starry-eyed would think that Mandela has not had enough time on Mother Earth—the only wrinkle here being that 27 of them were spent in detention.

This week, it dawned on me that South Africa, Africa, and the world could be more terrified of Mandela’s death than he himself ever was. So why don’t most people want to let Mandela go?

There are some like me, who still want to find answers. For example, in a continent where 90 percent of the leaders try (and most times succeed) to change constitutions so that…

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