"Nothing will stop our date with destiny." Madiba
I would like to take this opportunity to write a note of gratitude to you.
I thank you for everything.
I thank you for my existence
This gift of life
That you reveal as a true blessing
To me day inn
Is anything ever an accident
When it comes to the creator of all things?
Since I never thought I mattered in anyway
I'll show you just how much you matter
Since I never thought anything
Was special about me
You flash me a smile
Brighter than any luminary known
To human kind, because you said;
"The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory."
You'll see just how much
God All Mighty
The Still Commander of all things
Redirecting one's life into
The intended destination
Since it was written
"Into your hands
I place my worries
Care, and troubles
Into your wisdom
I place my path
Direction and goals
Into your love
I place my life"
A prayer reminiscent of Madiba's speech
Nelson Mandela`s Address to a rally in Cape Town on his release from prison
11 February 1990
(Like a lost puppy I was here alone, a mere teenager!)
Friends, comrades and fellow South Africans.
I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all.
I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands...
I pay tribute to the many religious communities who carried the campaign for justice forward when the organisations for our people were silenced.
I greet the traditional leaders of our country - many of you continue to walk in the footsteps of great heroes like Hintsa and Sekhukune.
I pay tribute to the endless heroism of youth, you, the young lions. You, the young lions, have energised our entire struggle...
In conclusion I wish to quote my own words during my trial in 1964. They are true today as they were then:
`I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination.
I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.
It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.`
You who listened to ancestors govern
Only to realise
It was you they were commanded
To anoint in order to bring about
It was you who was chosen to
Be a light to nations
It was you Moses of our times who would lead many to the land of milk and honey
It was you I would meet when I was 17 years old
And we would meet again and again
Meetings which would come to fruition
As I united your nation at 19
Fulfilling your mission of preaching
Reconciliation to all tribes and nations
Under the moon and the stars
Ahhh Ngonyama yakwantu
Sicaka senkosi esiphantsi
Zange bakhathale ngawe
Zange bakunike elona yeza lempilo yakho
Yonk' idoda inelayo iyeza
Angakho onke amanye
Ladalwa yiNgcwele yeNgcwele
Phambi kokuba zibekho zonke izinto
Umyezo ongcwalisekileyo wase Eden
Kodwa bakuvimba wena kanye lento ibaphe ubomi, injabulo nemincili
They know that
Those who love fiercely
Still they didn't care
Kodwa NguThixo yedwa owaziyo
Why would they not tell you the greatest news about how God supported your mission of Reconciling all Nations and building a solid foundation for your country
A 19 year old shows up and swiftly soften hearts of Afrikaners
She effortlessly grabs heart and soul of the enemy
She grabs Headlines in their newspaper
They write about her in their language Afrikaans
She moves your mission forward at the very moment that the commissioners were feeling despondent and discouraged because white South Africans were not cooperating.
The Deputy Head of the TRC
Tells me this
Excited beyond measure
The head of TRC writes about me in his books and talks about this endlessly
Still they keep this from you Madiba
They deprive you your heart's desire Mr President
They were all employed by you, surely they must have know that you would want to know how God was with you in your mission of love!
Still they keep this from you mhlekazi!
They keep this from you Madiba
Father Of Our Nation
Why oh why?
Heart torn apart!
How can one begin to fathom
The depth of something so cruel?
Awww Madoda alungileyo
Explain to us
How can this be
Don't worry Khulu, Mtheb' omhle
that was God's way of saying
Well Done my dearest beloved, my faithful servant, now you may rest in the presence of your Lord.
The very people you trusted
You gave them your love
You gave them your soul
You laid down your life for them
But it was not reciprocated
Perhaps its easy for me to feel your pain, because I have been in your shoes
The very first time my family saw me crying was during my TRC testimony
Ohhh she's always so strong
We didn't know???
Is there a human being who feels no pain?
"He who knows it, feels it!" Song
"Hurting some one is very easy, but when you yourself are hurt you then know the agony of being hurt and crushed into pieces."
“There’s a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone.” Sylvester Stallone
Today I know your spirit is well and rested, because you did all your Master appointed you to do. And the Master has given you double portion for all the pain you suffered on earth.
What is comforting is that you knew without a shadow of doubt that;
"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." - Princess Diana
Today I smile too Khulu because,
“It doesn’t matter who hurt you, or broke you down, what matters is who made you smile again.”
And today we home in the heart of love, the very best home ever, because;
"A House is Built by Hands, But a Home is Built by Heart!"
Rest In Peace Maqhawe namaqhawekazi ethu, nisiphe the very best of things, love!
"You can do all things, but its useless without love."
Why was is so significant for Madiba and his nation to be told about me?
I would meet ms Graca Machel and give to her a newspaper which spoke about this historical life changing event towards the end of your life khulu
She told us you sent her there khulu to represent you
(And I would taken by the King of Thembu
To your guardian's Palace
A newspaper which spoke about my very first exhibition
She would ask for my exhibition photographs
An exhibition which was close to your home
The land of your ancestors
The land where your soul rests peacefully with your beloved comrades, brothers and sisters
The very land that the entire world came to,
To bid you farewell
Nobungcwalisa osibonise bona
Umhlaba wonke gungqu
Still this was kept from you
Yet God persisted
Why did God persist?
Why did He send me to Madiba
Time after time when others wanted to keep me away from him?
You do know that Madiba would have destroyed you for doing this unspeakably cruel thing and you will be haunted by your cruelty!!!
Evil eats away at the one who is evil!
I came across your words Dalibhunga and they made perfect sense to me!
They were the perfect balm to soothe my brokeness
I can't describe the feeling of finally arriving home, that these wholesome words made me feel.
From the hat that was wrapped gently around head,
the Hat of my people known to me in spirit
AmaMpondo from the Mpondoland Kingdom,
the Zulus who speak Xhosa fluently,
thus mistaken as AmaXhosa,
to your smiling heart and sunny sunny smile.
The sun streamed through the window and my cheeks turned white as I experience this sacred moment in time.
I knew then what I know now.
"It is finished in beauty."
"Well, I must say firstly, Mandela was the son of Pondo princess. And then the mother of Mandela the princess ruled the southern part of Thembuland where the Matanzimas are now. We have women, we've had women, in Thembuland taking leading positions, ruling the country and the mother of Mandela was such a person. And there is an area where the Matanzimas are, when they see you they remember the stories about your grandfather Mandela."
One knows one's people without a shadow of doubt
No distance or circumstance can separate one from one's people
When I went to exhibit for school children in the villages I kept calling for my Mr Faku. Nobody knew who Mr Faku was
I didn't know who Mr Faku was,
only to realize it is my King, the most famous Mpondo King.
So why did you keep my exhibition photographs from Madiba?
Why did you not take me to Madiba
My grandfather, who's blood flows through my vains?
It was your responsibility to take me to the Parents of Our Nation while they were still alive, Albertina and Walter Sisulu.
You've hurt many people
And you thought you'd deprive our Nation forever?
Is anything ever hidden from God?
Isn't He the ONE who allowed this to happen?
What was His mission for doing so?
History teaches us that He is the Grandest Master who diminishes with great ease!
Do you know why my exhibition photographs and my work at large was placed in your hands?
Who am I?
Who am I?
Nobody will ever hide what God ordaines
To be as bright as His image and likeness
A light for nations
Nobody can take from me what God intended for me!
Nor one's family
Nor one's children
Nor one's friends
Nor one's colleagues
You still think you can continue with this cruel and uncivilized behavior?
What fruits have your actions borne?
Noone's here to say or prove what is!
What IS IS!!!
Like it or not
If it bothers you that much
You welcome to take it up
With the creator of all that is
The creator of heaven and earth who created you!
Perhaps you might like to ask him why He would choose me to be part of the Greatest President's Legacy
Whom Madiba looked up to
So what exactly has been taken from me
That God hasn't given back seven folds?
The only pain we feel is the pain of depriving the Father of Our Nation a deeper part of his soul
The very thing he needed for his soul
For his healing and well being
The President who's spirit found revival in youth, the very people he thanked on that balcony as soon as he was freed from prison
"I pay tribute to the endless heroism of youth, you, the young lions. You, the young lions, have energised our entire struggle."
To you young lions I must tell you not to bother with these adults who are cruel and want to crush your spirit. Madiba is with you and he doesn't like them. He said it himself that he hates old people who want to crush the spirit of young people when they should be opening doors. He said they are jealous because they waisted their time in meaningless things!!!
Rise and Rise and Rise
Who will stop you?
Don't bother with the walking dead
They have come to the end of their lives!
Maybe they'll be happier in their last home!
We wish them well!
And we will bid them farewell
We won't inherit stinking behavior
We will bid them farewell
When their time comes
And this my friends is not a sign of weakness
Perhaps you may ask Madiba why he said;
"I pay tribute to the endless heroism of youth, you, the young lions. You, the young lions, have energised our entire struggle."
Khulu Madiba you wrote"
"I was called to the main office at Robben Island and handed a telegram. It was from my youngest son, Makgatho, and only a sentence long. He informed me that his elder brother, my first and oldest son, Madiba Thembekile whom we called Thembi, had been killed in a motor accident in the Transkei. Thembi was then twenty-five, and the father of two small children.
What can one say about such a tragedy? I was already overwrought about my wife, I was still grieving for my mother, and then to hear such news... I do not have the words to express the sorrow, or the loss I felt. It left a hole in my heart that can never be filled.
I returned to my cell and lay on my bed. I do not know how long I stayed there, but I did not emerge for dinner. Some of the men looked in, but I said nothing. Finally, Walter came to me and knelt beside my bed, and I handed him the telegram. He said nothing, but only held my hand. I do not know how long he remained with me. There is nothing that one man can say to another at such a time.
I asked the authorities for permission to attend my son's funeral. As a father, it was my responsibility to make sure that my son's spirit would rest peacefully. I told them they could send a security cordon with me, and that I would give my word that I would return. Permission was denied. All I was permitted to do was write a letter to Thembi's mother, Evelyn, in which I did my best to comfort her and tell her that I shared her suffering.
I thought back to one afternoon when Thembi was a boy and he came to visit me at a safe house in Cyrildene that I used for secrete ANC work. Between my underground political work and legal cases, I had not been able to see him for some time. I surprised him at home and found him wearing an old jacket of mine that came to his knees. He must have taken some comfort and pride in wearing his father's clothing, just as I once did with my own father's. When I had to say good-bye again, he stood up tall, as if he were already grown, and said,
'I shall look after the family while you are gone.'
Khulu my soul weeps. Sincerity and loyalty should have been yours till your last breadth. You keep saying love comes easily to the human spirit than its opposite, it is true. Perhaps it is times such as these that the true nature of men must be revealed in order to protect many from such evil and cruelty. In time we will heal and be just fine, but you will have to live with the consequences of your actions.
Wasn't Madiba somebody's child with needs and feelings just like you?
Didn't he deserve much more than material things?
He wasn't just a puppet to be used for Earthly things, he was a human being who's heart bleeds and feels pain like mine and yours.
Who's soul delighted in the simple things that life has to offer!
Who's spirit found comfort and joy in ordinary things and simple things that are available to all!
He wasn't a machine only to be used to make money just because people loved him!
He loved people, all people
So how can you stand there and claim to love him when your heart is filled to the brim with discrimination?
Prince William you say;
"What my mother recognized back then–and what I understand now–is that grief is the most painful experience that any child or parent can endure."
"Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world."
Khulu Mandela's Inauguration speech
May You Rest In Peace Khulu.
May the spirit of all our beloved rest in peace. May God heal them and bless them with a double portion for every pain that they endured.
May God bless us all and may He continue to protect us.