Former Unites States of America President Barack Obama today said former President Nelson Mandela had the wisdom to step down from the presidency when his term came to an end, unlike some presidents who hold on to power even when the electorate want them out of office.
Delivering the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg packed with an audience of 15 000, Obama reflected on the historical context in which Mandela grew up and what formed a boy from rural South Africa to help shape global politics and foster peace around the world.
“It is hard to overstate the transformation that has taken place since that time. It was in service of this long walk towards freedom and justice and equal opportunity that Nelson Mandela devoted his life. And now an entire generation has grown up in a world that by most measures has gotten steadily freer, healthier, wealthier, less violent and more tolerant during the course of their lifetimes. It should make us hopeful.”
Obama further shared his opinion on the lingering crisis of land in south Africa, saying it is not what Mandela hoped for his lovely country.
He said if “Ramaphosa do not stop malema and his land grab threat, it may lead SA to doom.