Rampe Hlobo SJ wrote from South Africa to describe the mood of the nation while Nelson Mandela was critically ill. How did ‘Madiba’ lead the people of South Africa through a uniquely transformative period in their history?
Memories of the seminal events that took place in South Africa in February 1990, which ended with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, will live long in the minds of those who experienced the atmosphere in the country at the time. Anthony Egan SJ describes the reaction to this crucial chapter in the struggle against apartheid. How did people of faith see these events as a sign of the coming of God’s kingdom?
The stories one hears from those who have actually met Mandela match the portrait painted in the movie, and thus it provides, in a popular genre, an authentic glimpse into the personality of the first president of a democratic South Africa.
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