There are no doubt hundreds of thousands of words out there on the Internet talking about South Africa pre- and post-Mandela. The four columns highlighted here shouldn’t escape your attention.
Atheists should not try to “claim” Mandela as one of their number. Mandela devoted his life to healing divisions, rather than creating them, and claiming him as an atheist seems little more than crass opportunism.
What Mandela’s death offers us is a way to reaffirm the value of his life, and amongst the sadness, let us be sure to do that too.
The Democratic Alliance has launched its 2014 Election campaign with “Know your DA”, highlighting the role that DA members – or members of the DA’s earlier incarnations – played in the struggle against apartheid. According to Gwede Mantashe’s desperate propaganda, “Know your DA” is desperate propaganda.
The feel-good sentiment on a day like July 18 – Mandela Day – shouldn’t allow us to forget that actions performed on one day usually mean little in terms of the Mandela legacy, which has more to do with changes of attitude than performing random acts of charity.
Instead of presenting a case for why one should vote for the ANC in the upcoming local government elections, some spokespersons for the ANC seem more intent on using emotional blackmail to make voters think that they have no options other than voting for the ruling party. After all, who wants to risk killing Mandela or going to hell?