Humanity’s champion

December 6, 2013 in Featured Question of the Week, Nelson Mandela, Question of the Week, Spotlight Answers by Rachel Shankman

What is necessary for a nation to face its past and begin to heal and move forward? Nelson Mandela responded to this question by establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1995 with the purpose of putting a human face on the victims of apartheid.

Over a two-year period the TRC collected over 22,000 statements from victims and perpetrators and over 2,000 women, children and men told their stories in public hearings. Mandela cherished democracy and provided many forums for people’s voices to be heard.

He wrote in is autobiography: “Democracy meant all men were to be heard, and a decision was taken together as a people. A minority was not to be crushed by the majoritOuy”.

Mandela truly believed in the concept of “ubuntu”- a sense that “my humanity in bound up in your humanity”. Mandela in his humility and his actions leaves us a legacy to be cherished.