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Nelson Mandela Changed a Divided South Africa With a Rugby Jersey

Society & Culture  (tags: world, politics, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, humanrights, ethics, sports, society, politics, rights, culture )

- 1660 days ago -
It was 1995, at the Rugby World Cup final, rugby's biggest game. Yet it was much more. It was nation-defining for South Africa, a transcendent moment in the transformation from apartheid to multiracial democracy.

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lee e (114)
Friday December 6, 2013, 8:01 pm
A beautiful story!

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 2:39 am
Noted, remember it well.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 8:35 am
Explain to me then how a nation that is supposedly united persists in high unemployment; illiteracy; gang proliferation; rape and other violent crimes along with the attempt by the ruling ANC to sell off natural resources such as large game preserves? Graft and corruption on the part of Zuma and the ANC is the order of the day.
Is this what Nelson Mandela wanted? If the way he dealt with his ex-wife and her cadre when they were caught with their hands in the cookie jar is any example, I hardly doubt it.
I admired Nelson Mandela but like most visionaries who sacrificed so much; the ubiquitous and violent parasites end up killing the host for their own gain. The only people who are profiting off Nelson are the large corporations and the ANC. The nation is still a mess and the wealthy are still calling the tunes.

Roger G (154)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 12:04 pm
noted, thanks

Birgit W (160)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 1:57 pm
Noted, thanks.

ewoud k (68)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 3:21 pm
The force of forgiveness.

Thanks for posting!

Kerrie G (116)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 11:44 pm
Noted, thanks.

Lindsay K (6)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 9:30 am
A wonderful man. I can't think of anyone else who measures up to his stature. Some come part way, but he is head and shoulders above the rest.

Twyla Sparks (208)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 10:39 am
Noted, thanks

Phyllis P (237)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 3:28 pm
This is a good story. The movie was awesome.

Winnie Adams (179)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 4:53 pm
What a loss for the world but we must keep his dreams alive each in our own way . . . .

Past Member (0)
Monday December 9, 2013, 12:53 am
A truly extraordinary gesture.

Marija M (29)
Monday December 9, 2013, 11:38 am
Good story, tks Cal

Yvette S (35)
Monday December 9, 2013, 8:08 pm
Thanks for posting

Past Member (0)
Monday December 9, 2013, 10:05 pm
Great story, thank you, Cal

Nobody thought South Africa had a chance - except Madiba, and it was the force of his will and his belief that made the Springboks win on that historic day.

There's a very moving interview in the Guardian with Francois Pienaar, the South African rugby captain at that time.

Francois Pienaar: 'When the whistle blew, South Africa changed forever'

Jaime Alves (52)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 1:52 pm
Noted, thanks.!!
R.I.P. Nelson MANDELA.

Athena F (131)
Tuesday December 10, 2013, 2:07 pm
gotta love it, thank you

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday December 13, 2013, 12:50 am

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday December 13, 2013, 3:21 am
magical moment
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