The world seemed very different when I awoke last Friday morning and heard the news "Mandela is dead." I first heard about it in an e-mail from a friend in Canada who, so he told me, saw the headline while reading an article I had written in 1994 at the time Mandela was inaugurated as President of the new South Africa. He reminded me of what I had said at the time:
Written by Justice Malala
For the sake of our children and their children, we must constantly remind ourselves why there was a freedom struggle in this country.
It is essential that we do this because many among us believe that the struggle for freedom was about power, that those who fought the apartheid system did so merely because they wanted to replace the heinous apartheid system and its snouts in the trough with their own snouts in the trough. This is not true.
Written by Oupa Ngwenya
I’m no angel to guarantee the God-fearing a straight flight into heaven nor a devil's ambassador to make hopeless sinners look forward to a journey of reducing themselves into ashes in the high temperatures that burn in the fires in hell.
But deep in my heart there nevertheless resides a religion that those that build their happiness on the sadness of others are an offensive curse to all that was intended by God's creation.
There was joy and jubilation at the Durban Magistrates' court on 12 July as the Kennedy 5 who had been in custody since their arrest in September 2009 were finally granted bail.
After a two-hour closed door meeting between the state and the defence team, it was agreed that the five be granted R1 000 bail each.
The five appeared visibly relieved after more than ten months of incarceration.