Editorials 5.2.2014 08:00 am

Madiba’s will sets an example

Nelson Mandela’s will, made public on Monday, reveals the man’s kindness and all the values he stood for.

Even in death Madiba has made a massive moral statement by his openheartedness expressed in the will, details of which were read out at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory in Sandton on Monday by Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Dikgang Moseneke, one of the administrators and executors of Mandela’s will.

Mandela’s generosity and compassion are there for all to see. In this will he did not forget ordinary people who mattered to him, including nine staff members to whom he left R50 000 each.

These include Zelda la Grange, who was his assistant and personal assistant during his presidency. This caught many of the staff members who were present at the public presentation of the will by surprise, and some even admitted to being overcome by the late statesman’s benevolence.

Madiba, who had always expressed his support and passion for education, also extended his warmth to a number of educational institutions, including universities and schools, some of which played a role in sculpting him. Among these are the University of

Witwatersrand, Fort Hare University, Clarkebury High School in Ngcobo in the Transkei and Healdtown Comprehensive High School in Fort Beaufort, which will each receive R100 000.

We hope the example set by Madiba in his selflessness and the courage to reach out to others will go a long way in motivating those who have been making all sorts of promises to walk in this giant’s footsteps.

Hopefully, Madiba’s testament will also help bury the bitter Mandela family feud and the ugly squabbles that have threatened to inflict substantial damage on this world icon’s legacy.

 

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