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A South African flag with the image of Nelson Mandela on it hangs on a fence along with a note and bouquets of flowers in front of the Town Hall in Cape Town December 6, 2013.
A South African flag with the image of Nelson Mandela on it hangs on a fence along with a note and bouquets of flowers in front of the Town Hall in Cape Town December 6, 2013.
(REUTERS)

Ken Wiwa

Mandela's legacy lacks the storybook ending he deserves

The passing of an old man in Africa is not a time for mourning but a moment for reflection and communal celebration. For Africans, the death of a patriarch is merely a journey to join the pantheon of ancestors that watch over us and all that is required of the living is to recount his blessings, give the old man a vote of thanks and a befitting burial.