Nelson Mandela

My ability to write publicly, for anyone to read, is a freedom I hope never to take for granted.

Nelson Mandela, the hero and inspiration for millions passed away this week.

It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.

Closing Address, 13TH International AIDS Conference, Durban, South Africa, 14 July 2000

I wonder how Madiba’s passing will affect the political climate in South Africa, a country I know and love.