The World Cup And Nelson Mandela

June 11, 2010

News came through today that Nelson Mandela’s 13 year old great grand daughter, Zenani Mandela, was killed in a car accident after attending the World Cup Kick Off concert last night. It’s a terrible thing to happen at any time, but on the eve of possibly the greatest sporting event in the world to be held in your country, it’s particularly cruel. Needless to say, he will not be attending the opening ceremony. I can only offer my condolences to him and his family and hope they find the strength to get through this difficult time.



  1. Terrible what a soul like his has had to endure. You’d think everything he’d been through until he was freed would be enough. It never stops.

    • No it doesn’t Oma. He gives to his people and this is the payback. Somehow it doesn’t seem fair. If you look at it though, I think the people who give most to humanity seem to suffer the most. And maybe it’s the suffering that enables them to be great human beings. Just a thought.

  2. Aw. I feel so sad for NM. He’s one of south africa’s greatest heroes. Whatever happened to Karma?

    • Karma covers negative as well as positive. Dark and light, which is life itself. I’d like to think his life is not just one long road of misery, though it’s been difficult. Obviously. There must be the good stuff in there too.

  3. Yeah, well, there’s bad stuff in everyone’s life as well as good stuff.What I was trying to say was that not everyone has done something as great as Mandela. It almost seems that the bad stuff only happens to good people.
    *Although, we could get into a big debate about whether a person can actually be totally ‘good’, shades of grey and whether there is indeed a great cosmic force swirling over us and doling out yay and nay to us mere mortals like a matron splatting porrige into the bowls of Dickensian orphans.
    So I digress.

  4. You’re absolutely right. Not everyone has done something as great as Mandela and it does appear that bad stuff happens way too often to good people.

    In most instances we can’t do anything directly to ease their suffering. They would have to work through that themselves, with the help of family and friends and/or a faith or philosophy, if they have one. What we can do, however, is be inspired enough by how they live and what they’ve achieved to do something for the betterment of mankind and ourselves, in our own unique way, in a small way, in our own back yard. That would give their suffering meaning and would make sure it was not in vain.

  5. So sad! My heart goes out to him and his family. I read that South Africa has an abysmal history of car accidents and lack of auto safety. But hopefully they will use this tragedy as a lesson to improve in that area.

    • Yes. This tragic story and another about a coach full of British kids that overturned on a road, killing three, has bought the state of South African roads to my attention. I hope there is improvement after this tournament. It would be a good way to honour those who were killed.

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