Tuesday, 17 December 2013

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela from RUSU's BAME Officer

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela lived a life that honoured his words. Mandela was the first elected president of South Africa and is well known today for his peaceful objections to apartheid. Many of us may not be familiar with the term 'apartheid';it was a system in South Africa that segregated races.

“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” - Nelson Mandela.

Mandela was arrested and imprisoned for standing up for what he believed in, when eventually let free, he forgave his oppressors. Despite South Africa, being close to civil war, the words and actions of Mandela kept all at peace. Mandela has been an inspiration and will continue to be an inspiration for all people. He will continue to be a prominent figure in history. He has devoted so much of his life fighting for justice, encouraging democracy, working towards an end to poverty and aiming for peaceful resolutions.

Nelson Mandela's life cannot be summarised, for neither was it brief nor mediocre. To a great man, we thank you for the effort you never ceased to put into your nation and the effect it had on other nations. The lessons of democracy you gave will not only be built on by South Africa but will also remain part of the foundation of democracy that RUSU keeps.

Cindy Ikie
BAME Part-time Officer

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