Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Here's to a man who fought injustice and lived to tell his story.
Here's to a man who endured long imprisonment.
Here's to a man who displayed maturity and wisdom beyond his circumstances.
Here's to a man who realised that wrong corrects no wrong,
Who realised the long-term effects of peaceful talks,
Who realised working with the opposition can effect a smooth transition of power.
Here's to a man who realised the unpopular action can be the better action.
Here's to a man who reached out, as president, in reconciliation, to his detractors.
Here's to a man who offered amnesty in exchange for peace.
Here's to a man.
Hamba kakuhle Madiba. Enkosi.
Totsiens Madiba. Dankie.
Farewell Madiba. Thank you.