Watching the news last night I was sickened to the pit of my stomach. Watching President Zuma and the ANC elite use Nelson Mandela to score political points was reprehensible!
Nelson Mandela is ailing! It is a terrifying reality check, but it a truth we need to embrace and respect.
To use him to "reassure" the public, to parade him out for political ends is the lowest form of political marketing. To see Jacob Zuma give the thumbs up sitting next to this great of both ANC and South African politics really made me angry!
This was shared by hundreds and thousands of people who took to social media to voice their disapproval and disgust!
I want to remember Nelson like this!
And like this!
These images embody his power, his resolve, his intellectualism, his humour and lightness, his kindness and graciousness.
This is not a case of reality aversion! We all age, and we loose our potency! It is our responsibility to respect this process and honour our elders. I am distressed that the ANC can think that parading a clearly sick, even confused man like they did would in anyway reassure the general public or reassure their supporters!
I never want to see Nelson Mandela compromised as in this video!
Nelson Mandela famously said " Never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another"
We say "Never, never, and never again shall it be that desperate leaders use greats to score political points"
by George Thorne
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