South Africa: 100 Years of Mandela - It's Up to All of Us to Build On His Legacy

Secretary-General António Guterres (right), María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (centre right), President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly, and Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa (left), President of the Republic of South Africa, unveil the Nelson Mandela Statue gifted to the United Nations by the Republic of South Africa. At far right is Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights cannot by themselves correct the injustices of the past. That is up to the leadership and citizenry of South Africa.

In the wake of the commemoration and celebration of President Nelson Mandela's centenary, the world, and South Africans in particular, have serious questions to ask and in turn answer on the issue of social justice.

Former president of the United States, Barack Obama, delivered the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, and while praising Madiba for the inspiration and leadership he provided, Obama asked serious questions about the nature of leadership as well as the role we all have to play as active citizens.

Obama, who spoke of how Madiba had inspired him in the 1970s, despite being locked away in a small cell on Robben Island, celebrated South Africa's first democratically elected statesman as a beacon of ultimate leadership. In South Africa, 24 years into democracy, Madiba and his legacy face increasing criticism. Not all South Africans hold the view that he led us to total liberation.

Under tough economic conditions, a widening equality gap that has left South Africa as the most unequal society...

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