Nelson Mandela

1918 – 2013

From the bare footed cradle, your youth spent in pain, you grew from the shame imposed by oppressors and rose to reign.

Devoting your life to the country you loved, you suffered affliction directing us above our failures and fear.

The children of poverty, the sick and the lame became your flock when you had finished the game.

Now a nation mourns… – forever your eyes have finally closed, – father of a nation, maker of peace; your time had come for eternal rest.

Leonard Kotze.

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