Babalwa Mhlauli

Lovelight flower Babalwa


"Don't walk on the poor because they're poor, and don't use your position to crush the weak, Because God will come to their defense; the life you took, he'll take from you and give back to them."


Dear Granpa Mandela


Guess what I was doing on the 24th of September, our Heritage Day?


I was listening to Pres. Obama, the best economic President,


The successful President, giving a speech to the UN assembly, feast full of yum yum fun! Giggles!


I cried!


Through him I could see you khulu clearly, I could hear your voice and I could see comrades sitting there listening to you. In that very moment I know that you were all there to support Pres.Obama, because you love him.


Through him you spoke to us once again, as you did with your last speech that you gave to the United Nations Assembly before you retired as our President. You said;


"As I sit in Qunu and grow as ancient as its hills, I will continue to entertain the hope that there has emerged a cadre of leaders in my own country and region, on my continent and in the world, which will not allow that any should be denied their freedom as we were; that any should be turned into refugees as we were; that any should be condemned to go hungry as we were; that any should be stripped of their human dignity as we were."

In 2006 I exhibited a handful of my paintings, including your 46664 and Dr King's painting at the office of Archbishop Tutu for a year. I was hoping that you would be told about the work you love and cherish so deeply. Sadly you were never told. I was brave , because there's nothing I wouldn't have done for your happiness grandpa. What better place to have gone to in order to reach you grandpa? Is there any distance I wouldn't have traveled for you Dalibunga? Didn't you sacrifice your life for all of us grandpa? Wouldn't I do anything whatsoever under the moon and the stars to show you our love, if we truly love you khulu? Wouldn't I do anything that is in my power to show you the fruits of your sacrifices if I truly love you khulu? I am the heritage of the Most High! Dear God, if I'm your heritage don't you have the upper hand?


"... But as Americans, we measure our success by something more ... meaningful work that give people a sense of purpose." Pres. Obama


Mr President we thank you for uplifting us, for showing us that love is action. At the United Nations you said;


"The United States will never shy away from defending our interests, but we will also not shy away from the promise of this institution and its Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- the notion that peace is not merely the absence of war, but the presence of a better life.


I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within its own borders.  This is true.  In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri -- where a young man was killed, and a community was divided.  So, yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions.  And like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear.


But we welcome the scrutiny of the world -- because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems, to make our union more perfect, to bridge the divides that existed at the founding of this nation.  America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, or 50 years ago, or even a decade ago.  Because we fight for our ideals, and we are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short.  Because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary.  Because we address our differences in the open space of democracy -- with respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and every religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and their circumstances and their countries for the better.


After nearly six years as President, I believe that this promise can help light the world.  Because I have seen a longing for positive change -- for peace and for freedom and for opportunity and for the end to bigotry -- in the eyes of young people who I’ve met around the globe.


They remind me that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or what God you pray to, or who you love, there is something fundamental that we all share.  Eleanor Roosevelt, a champion of the UN and America’s role in it, once asked, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?  In small places,” she said, “close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.  Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works.”


Around the world, young people are moving forward hungry for a better world.  Around the world, in small places, they're overcoming hatred and bigotry and sectarianism.  And they're learning to respect each other, despite differences.


The people of the world now look to us, here, to be as decent, and as dignified, and as courageous as they are trying to be in their daily lives.  And at this crossroads, I can promise you that the United States of America will not be distracted or deterred from what must be done.  We are heirs to a proud legacy of freedom, and we’re prepared to do what is necessary to secure that legacy for generations to come.  I ask that you join us in this common mission, for today’s children and tomorrow’s."


Amaxhalang' alaph' avungamile

Koqhwak 'unobathana

Isithunywa seNkosi sivokothis' intliziyo

Sitak' intlantsi namadangatya omlilo

Sihlab' amadoda ngemibuzo

Sibuz'imvelaphi kwi incompetant and corrupt leaders


As a child we would constantly visit Govan Mbeki who was confined to his home in New Brighton, under the notorious house arrest order which the apartheid government used as a vicious weapon to cripple and to completely immobilize our elders.

Today I hear Oom Gov speak( the editor behind khulu Mandela's most famous speech, delivered from the dock, Rivonia Treason Trial, 20 April 1964)


Step down if you failing the people!

God reveals what lies hidden in the thoughts of their hearts!


During apartheid Oom Gov wrote;

"The basis of the South African economy is the exploitation of labour that is unsettled, labour that has no home, labour that can be directed along certain channels as water is diverted to run along certain furrows, labour that has no security of tenure, labour that is always on the move, always migrating from one to another form of slavery, and what is more, the slave must pay the expenses to ensure that slavery continues".

Aren't corrupt leaders doing the same thing today?


God turntables!


"As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered.  And I will bring them out from the peoples a⁠nd gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.


Then I'll install one shepherd for them my servant David and he will feed them, will be there for them, and will serve as their shepherd."


President Obama Isithwalandwe

Chosen to accomplish this mission that the Sovereign Lord spoke about before the world was created.

A towering giant

Who is as sure footed as a deer

He stands tall, bold and handsome

The perfect art of the Master's Hands


You are our King David the world over Pres. Obama

Administering peace and justice like the servants of God who came before you.


Amaqhawe alel' ukuthula


Ame ngeenyawowu


Ava imvuselelo

Iintsizwa zal' alaph 'ekhapha

Zime ngeenyawo

Ziv' umgido wesizukulwana

Umgido of their son

Ujikii  ntliziyo

Ubuyis' ubuntu eluntwini

Igokra lendlela lime eqongeni leNkosi

Lime ngezwi labadala

Umyolelo woobawoo

Iinkonje zalomhlaba zime ngeenyawu

Zibong' igorha lakwa ntu

Likhumbul' esona simo soluntu

Libong' uMdali


Ngobukhalipha bakhe

Ngobugorha bakhe

Ngamandla akhe

Neenjongo zakhe

Ngabo bonke abadalileyo

Izinyanya zeli

Ziyathetha Bawo


"We didn't die in vain!"

We defied those who grossly violated us

We were willing to die for human rights and dignity as the chosen race of the Most High God!

Death be unto oppressors everywhere

Brand new life to humanity


Dear President Obama

Your speech reminds me of the days our grandfathers were released from Prison!

The evil are victims of their cruelty

Treating each other much worse than any other creation

That comes from the Hands of God is limited!

We His devine creation

Created in His Image

Just a little lower than angels

Created to rule

What kind of leadership can this be

Which rest in the hands of cruel human beings?

But, once again you offer us hope

You the Son whom God created and chose for days such as these

You beautiful inside out

True servant of the people

Reminiscent of the founding fathers

Our ancestors the world over who were unwavering in their commitment to peace, truth and Justice


"Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice."




"My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king;

My tongue is the pen of a skillful writer"


Dear President

You affirm my beliefs

"All is one!"

You see deeper

Your existence changes things

You are rare

A special breed

Truly in this world

But, not of this world

Your voice shakes the foundation of heaven and earth

Through you an otherworldly vessel speaks

Ushers the plans of God

Re establishes distinct sovereign plans

Holy plans that are untouchable!

The world is such a better place

Because you know no divisions

You bring us together

You and First Lady Michelle and many others are sent messengers of love

You are the bridge that all nations

Consciously or unconsciously

Look to, for love

Look to, for reconciliation

Look to, for peace

Look to, for truth

Look to, for direction

Through you God spreads

The wholesome energy of healing and restoration


With the spirit of greater love

You refined

We Salute You!


Mhhhh when I saw you and First Lady walking up those stairs, on your way to deliver this speech,

You took my breadth away!

So lovely

Such a picture to behold

I prayed

May THEE still my palpitating heart

When one faces such beauty of spirit,

Mind and soul!

My heart's smiling, so brightly.


May God continue to behold you and your entire family in His everlasting arms of love.

May the name of God Most High

Be lifted to greater heights

Every time we encounter His messengers who stand tall

For beauty and justice


I read that;


"Of all the Beatitudes given in Matthew 5, there is one most likely to meet with the approval of almost everyone: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9). We all want peace in the world. Yet this is not a statement Jesus made to solely advocate working for global peace, although that is an honorable thing to do. I am all for peace, but not for peace at any cost."


I'm reminded of President Washington. It is written that;


"Washington promoted the right of all Americans to follow their conscience in matters of faith


Washington firmly believed in the concept of religious liberty or freedom of conscience. During his lifetime, he attended services of multiple Christian denominations. As President, Washington wrote a letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, standing in favor of religious freedom, explaining: "It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens…May the children of the stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the goodwill of the other inhabitants."


I'm expanded by your precision and deep rooted conviction Khulu Mandela. On 27-12-1984 you wrote to K.D Matanzima.




... I perhaps need to remind you that when you first wanted to visit us in 1977 my colleugue and I decided that, because of your position in the implementation of the Bantustan scheme, we could not accede to your request...


Again in February this year when you wanted to come and discuss the question of our release, we reiterated our stand and your plan was not acceded to. In particular, we pointed out that the idea of our release being linked to a Bantustan was totally and utterly unacceptable to us.


While we appreciate your concern over the incarceration of political prisoners, we must point out that your percistence in linking our release with the Bantustans, despite our strong and clearly expressed opposition to the scheme, is highly disturbing, if not provocative, and we urge you not to continue pursuing a course which will inevitably result in an unpleasant confrontation between you and ourselves.


We will, under no circumstances, accept being released to the Transkei or any other Bantustan. You know fully well that we have spent the better part of our lives in prison exactly because we are opposed to the very idea of separate development which makes us foreigners in our own country and which enables the government to perpetuate our passion up to this very day.


I accordingly request you to desist from this explosive plan and we sincerely hope that this is the last time we will ever be pestered with it.





Songs of love

Songs of hope

Songs of peace

Songs of joy

Songs of wisdom

Songs of honor

Songs of light

Songs of wholesomeness

Dear Granpa Dalibunga

You've given us something

That we will never forget

Something we will never forget


You've blessed us with something

Tangible yet invisible

Something so strong and eternal

Something bold and beautiful

That will outlive us

Since our days are numbered on this earth

You've blessed us beyond measure

Beyond wildest dreams

You've blessed us with something far

Beyond freedom

You've blessed us with something

That cause our heart to burst

Through the seams with sunshine, love and tenderness

You've blessed us with laughter

When there seems to be nothing

Whatsoever to laugh laugh about

Ha ha ha

And we dance dance dance

When there seem to be no song to dance to

Just the drum beat of our heart

You've blessed us with something

No money can buy

No human being can snatch out of our precious hands

Something far greater than silver and gold

Something that dwells in the perfect light of The Most High


You've blessed us with something

That makes us sing

Sing songs we don't remember

Just sing, sing

Ha ha ha!

You've blessed us with something

So soothing

Like a lulaby sung to a

New born child

This we'll treasure forever and ever

We honor you and your comrades forever more khulu.