Forgive them for they know exactly what they do….

27 Jun

ill mandela

This is one of the most upsetting pictures I’ve seen in many a long year. A desperately ill Madiba being paraded like a puppet on a string.

I was so sadddened as I watched the news tonight. The country has gone beserk with the ‘Madiba death watch‘. The media have poured into South Africa and are crawling over everything vaguely connected with this great man. His hospital, previous homes, his church – even his family burial site! They’re like an army of red ants biting their way through every chunk of information available whether it’s relevant or not.

I get it, he’s not big news, he’s HUGE NEWS!
But seriously folks, a little restraint would be nice.

As to our own people, from the time the above picture was taken till now I have to wonder how we have allowed this wonderful man to suffer our greed and stupidity. 

He gave us more than anyone could or should rightfully expect from one human being. He should have been allowed to spend his last days peacefully, his privacy respected.

Soon, Tata, soon you’ll be free ….


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10 responses to “Forgive them for they know exactly what they do….

  1. L.Allan

    July 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Nelson Mandela is and was an amazing man, and he should be allowed to die at what appears to be his time… Life support at his age is not for the individual but for the others in his life.. Give him the respect he deserves… Otherwise it is a travesty…. A medical experiment.. Appalling.. RIP..

    • theforestscribe

      July 5, 2013 at 6:25 am

      Well said! A common opinion has been that he is being kept alive until the funeral arrangements and other details are in place. Who knows – soon he’ll be free of all our nonsense and enjoy the rest and freedom he so richly deserves.

  2. duncanr

    July 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    there is little dignity in death

    we should grant Nelson and his family privacy at this sad time and remember him in our thoughts as the great man of courage and principle he was rather than the sad and pitiful sight he is now as he nears the end of a remarkable life !

    • theforestscribe

      July 5, 2013 at 6:22 am

      I agree completely. My question for times such as these is always: ‘how much more do you want from this man’. Public figures sadly become public property. My ‘comforting thought’ is that hopefully he’s not aware of all the goings on!

  3. Jennie

    June 30, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Very upsetting picture…they need to leave him in peace. xxx

    • theforestscribe

      June 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      well at least Obama has decency, he said he wasnt going to visit him in hospital because he thought he deserved privacy at this time – we cant expect the same from our leaders

  4. tric

    June 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. I too cringed when I saw this picture. This man has lived an extraordinary life, and achieved so much. However he is very old now and obviously failing it is so sad he cannot be left in peace. There is something so wrong about it.
    I’ve been reading your other posts and am enjoying a glimpse into a country so far away.

    • theforestscribe

      June 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      he is an extraordinary man, and true to form when everyone expected him to die, he rallied. I may just keep writing on SA because it’s an endless canvass of laughter and horror

  5. derek gallacher

    June 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I suppose it is understandable because of the glibal impact of his unselfish bravery and people like him,lets not forget steve biko and others who railed against unsurmountable odds,their commitment to the cause is humbling,there are streets named after mandela in scotland and elsewhere in britain,we all feel extreme love for the man.

    • theforestscribe

      June 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      In terms of the outpouring of love and support, yes, but once he became too old and frail for public life they should have left him in peace, not paraded him around like a rag doll to patch up their broken images


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