AFRICA GOSSIP

20 years ago Mandela was released from prison.
  
Written by Kamala |WN.com
kamalo@worldportalnews.com
Photo:AP
  

The top of Table Mountain, at its bottom a townscape of Cape Town is visible; apart from concrete buildings, there is the endless ocean, and among its waves there is the windswept Robben Island. In the past, it was the island of the lepers, then it became a prison for Mandela, where in a small ward he spent almost 27 years. On 11th February the current year, the Republic of South Africa celebrated the anniversary of Mandela's release. The city vibrated with singing "Viva Mandela!", veterans reminisced old times. Crowds of different people, teachers, nurses, farmers, housekeepers, and many young people wearing t-shirts with Mandela's face on them, who certainly do not remember events from 20 years ago.

Some of them, visited famous prison ward, who knows, maybe to find spiritual inspiration? The same that was found by people 20 years ago when the most famous political prisoner crossed the gates of Paarl and said: "I believe in freedom of the white, I believe in freedom of the black and that is the idea I am ready to die for". He was talking about freedom, not racism. And that was significant, that was exceptional.

Live transmission from the Council Chamber, where the celebrations were hold; smiling face of Mandela and his tired, 91 years old body of an old man. On his left side there was his wife, Gray Machel, on the right side there was his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with whom, on 11th February 1990 he walked hand in hand after being released from Victor Verster prison in Paarl. Then, there was also the live transmission.

The speech of Zuma; the president, Mandela was listening to it carefully, and Zuma said: During these two decades after Madiba (clan name of Mandela) was released our country has changed fundamentally. President Mandela united our country in pursue for achieving democratic and prosperous South Africa, free from race and sex prejudices. While we are celebrating Mandela's release today, let's declare once again our willingness to build better future for all South-Africans, black and white. We still aim at the idea for which Mandela has fought all his life -a democratic and free society, in which all live in peace and have equal opportunities.

Twilight, outside the parliament, a female reporter of the local television asks a man about his impressions concerning the celebration, and he answers: Today, in the Republic of South Africa people are more afraid of usual crimes that are about money than racist persecutions. But the day like this one we rediscover deeper meaning, freedom, and we unite our society to be driven by values that directed Mandela". After a moment, he adds: "I believe that this is possible."

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