Millions around the world remembered Nelson Mandela as the most revered global statesman. Monday would have marked his 104th birthday. The United Nations declared July 18 International Nelson Mandela Day in 2009. This day is dedicated to Mandela’s birth and his struggle against racism. All walks of South Africa have donated 67 minutes of their time to charity in memory of Mandela. Maria Lerato, a Kensington resident, said she would donate blankets, jackets, and other necessities to homeless people. South Africa’s winter is why Lerato believes donations will help the less fortunate. Mandela’s 67 minutes spent serving the less fortunate is a tribute to her many years of public service. Muhammed Desai (Director of Africa 4 Palestine Human Rights Group) stated that Monday would be devoted to Mandela’s internationalist spirit. He will raise the Palestinian question and Mandela’s support for Palestinians. Mandela once said: “We know too well that our freedoms would not be complete without the freedoms granted to the Palestinians.” Mandela was born in Mvezo, Eastern Cape province. Because she was against the apartheid regime, she spent 27 years in prison. He was the first South African president to be elected democratically in 1994. He was not bitter, angry, or vindictive, even though he spent many years in prison. To unify all South African racial communities, he chose forgiveness and reconciliation. He was known for his leadership skills and ability to bring people closer together. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
“The Palestinian people continue to fight for the liberation of Israeli apartheid through the determination and spirit of Nelson Mandela,” Desai stated that Mandela is always on the streets in Palestine as they search for their legal place as legitimate citizens. “
President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the International Nelson Mandela Day Commemoration at Gqeberha in Eastern Cape. He will also conduct a site inspection of the water treatment plants and cleanup of Swartkops River, Veeplaas.
Many diplomats, ministers, and heads of missions will be involved in cleaning up roads, schools, orphanages, hospitals, and hospices. The Turkish Embassy announced that it would donate hygiene products to local hospices.
Every Day a Mandela Day
Saber Ahmad Jazbhay, a prominent South African lawyer, says every day is Mandela Day. He doesn’t wait for July 18 to make his point.
Jazbhay said by telephone that he does what his whole life is about. It is helping those who need my assistance. “
He said that he provided legal assistance to people in need during the struggle against apartheid in the 1980s.
“So nothing more. Mandela Day is for us all every day,” he said, encouraging South Africans to remember the poor and to help others.
Mustafa Mehta, a Somali National University professor, heads the Africa Desk at Johannesburg’s thinktank Media Review Network. He stated that many South Africans still strive to live up to Mandela’s standards. This is a good thing. This legacy seems to be forgotten by others.
He stated that he was beginning to witness hate crimes like xenophobia and Afrophobia. This has not happened since Tata Mandela’s time. He demanded tolerance. “Tata,” a Xhosa term meaning “father,” is what “Tata.”
Mehta said that the African National Congress (ANC) is rapidly shifting away from its expectations of Mandela. As part of a plan to eliminate corruption, Mehta asked some of the most influential members of the ruling ANC to resign.
Anadolu Agency was informed by Iqbal Jassat (executive member of Media Review Network) that South Africa is currently racked with fear from criminals, which has led to perceptions about the failure of the African National Congress to govern. Jassat stated that shocking levels of poverty and homelessness compound this. He said that South Africa would not honor Mandela Day’s legacy if Mandela Day didn’t reconnect with the ideals of Mandela’s freedom struggle.”Unfortunately, Mandela Day was taken by many people for commercial purposes. This is a sad reflection on Mandela’s vast legacy of work.