I was on a launch, out in Wellington Harbour: on board was the South African Deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and a delegation of fellow South Africans. Our host was Helen Clark, the New Zealand Prime Minister. A police boat bobbed discreetly in our wake; the afternoon light faded, and the music and canapes and drinks
South Africa’s Business Day has a pretty fair obituary for Mandela, and message for the country.
An old friend and colleague from South Africa sent me a link, this morning, to a commemorative page put out by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, where she had worked for a time. I wrote back to say how much I wished I could be there, to share in the tears and laughter and the celebration.
Farewell, Madiba – thank you and bless you. After a long life of struggle and suffering, of huge achievement not by a saint but by a man who was human and fallible like the rest of us, our icon is at peace at last. This is a moment of reflection and deep self-examination for all