Monday, December 9, 2013

Hambe Kahle Madiba


No matter how much we had prepared and were expecting it, the news that Nelson Mandela had died jolted us with terrible loss and sadness. On Friday I wanted to be with others who were feeling the same way and drove to the street of the Mandela family home in Houghton. People had been gathering there all night and morning, laying flowers, lighting candles, singing, praying and dancing. Almost a celebratory atmosphere at times, it was reminiscent of the joyous and unifying days of Madiba's release from prison, our first democratic election and the Rugby World Cup. Once again people of every colour, religion, age and nationality are coming together all over the country with a common purpose, to pay homage to this amazing man of courage, wisdom and reconciliation - may his legacy be revived and continue.









5 comments:

RH Carpenter said...

I was wondering if you would post a more personal comment and illustration of what it was like there, Cathy. I'm so glad you did!

MrsDoF said...

Thank You for a more personal look. Love reading and pictures of your blog, even though I don't always log in to Comment

Sue Pownall said...

Amazing reportage sketches.

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks Rhonda, MrsDoF and Sue... I wish I could be everywhere to sketch at this time in SA!

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

What a wonderful post and a great tribute to Nelson Mandela. We watched it all on the news but how nice it is to see it from a personal perspective. Thank you for sharing this.