We all knew this moment would come, but which day we were not sure. Then on a recent Thursday it happened, and the whole country came to a standstill starting Friday. I have attended many memorial functions since Friday, in the city center and townships. We talked about a man who entered the White House without a tie and a formal shirt. He met so many high-profile personalities, and he never wore a proper suit, only maybe once or twice. It’s really hard to
pinpoint why he did that, and at the same time I really admire his style.
I have heard so many speeches from so many people—the farewell ones, and I must admit they’re really moving—and that’s why I have no speech for him. All I can say is RIP, Tata. Saying something about Nelson Mandela is like buying a gift for someone like Bill Gates: He can afford anything, but you still want to get a gift. Madiba and his legacy will strive on, not only in politics but also in art.
Photo: Courtesy of Themba Mngomezulu