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Justice Malala Reflects on the Lessons that Nelson Mandela Has Taught Us

Let Them Eat CakeIn a tribute in The Guardian, Justice Malala, author of Let Them Eat Cake, mourns the death of South Africa’s first democratic president, Nelson Mandela, but also says: “This is not a time to weep. This is a time to celebrate a life well lived, a man who stood fearful – like the rest of us – at the door of history and yet chose to brave the storm.”

He reflects on the lessons and values that Mandela’s life has taught us: “a love for the poor and downtrodden, a great spirit for love and forgiveness, an intolerance of racism and patriarchy, a rejection of corruption and greed”. He says, “These are the values we should emulate and celebrate”.

Nelson Mandela, global hero, died on Thursday night. We had steeled ourselves for it in the months of his hospitalisation over the past year and half. Yet, we are in shock.

We mourn him. We mourn him because in his 95 years, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has taught us how to live.

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