News agencies have been dusting off the tribute pieces for years in anticipation of what has just taken place. Around the Stuff offices there’s no obligation to cover politics, so what we have to say is entirely out of character love – something the man had a knack for eliciting.
It’s a bifurcated mourning and the tears are flowing freely across the country. Most of the grief is for a man who suffered to convert disparity into a unique beauty; the other half for his legacy, constantly under siege. Maybe some relief for the old boy too.
Nevertheless, on behalf of the Stuff team, we bid you a fond farewell Madiba. Your courage, dignity and love has defined all of our lives and we hope that as a nation we can carry your mantle.