Babalwa Mhlauli

Lovelight flower Babalwa




"Nothing will stop our date with destiny." Madiba



Dear God


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

Day out

Is anything ever an accident

When it comes to the creator of all things?

The omniscient


Omnipotent God

Since I never thought I mattered in anyway

You whisper

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 whisper

You'll see just how much


God All Mighty

Ever practical

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.`


Ahhh Dalibhunga

Silo sobukhosi

You who listened to ancestors govern

Only to realise

It was you they were commanded

To anoint in order to bring about

Global salvation

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

Sithunywa seZulu

Gokra langonaphakade

Sicaka senkosi esiphantsi

Sithunywa sangonaphakade

Zange bakhathale ngawe

Zange bakunike elona yeza lempilo yakho

Yonk' idoda inelayo iyeza

Angakho onke amanye

Kodwa linye

Ladalwa yiNgcwele yeNgcwele

Phambi kokuba zibekho zonke izinto

Umyezo ongcwalisekileyo wase Eden


Labaphilisa Dalibhunga

Kodwa bakuvimba wena kanye lento ibaphe ubomi, injabulo nemincili

They know that

Those who love fiercely

Hurt easily

Hurt deeply

Hurt mostly

Still they didn't care


Kudala ndicinga

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

Sithunywa Senkosi

Distinguished gentlemen

Father Of Our Nation


But why?

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

Emzini kaBawo?


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

King Jongintaba)

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

Bezokubonga ngobulungisa

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.

Truly, truly


"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

Abraham Lincoln?

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

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

10 May


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.