This is one of those moments that you are always going to remember: Where you were when you first heard that Madiba, Ntate Mandela, has passed away…
We were in Books Hostel in Rio, Brazil, just after “Happy Hour.” Some random guy, who gets updates from a news app on his phone, told Marc that Nelson Mandela had just passed away. (Without knowing that Marc IS South Arrican!). We knew Mandela couldn’t live forever and at the age of 95 years he had a pretty good running. But to me, and I’m sure to many others, just hearing those official words were a shock. It feels as if South Africa and the whole world has just suffered a terrible loss.
South Africa was on the news in Brazil while a massive rainstorm was pouring down outside as if even the weather in Rio knew the extend of our country’s mourning.
His unforgettable legacy lives on in all of us! May we all always remember what he stood for: love, peace and equality.
Rest in Peace, Father of our Nation, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.