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szdaily -> Budding Writers -> 
Mandela, a great leader (I)
    2016-05-25  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Nelson Mandela gave a speech titled “Rally Address Following Release From Pollsmoor Prison” after he was released in 1990. First, he saluted a lot of people, including the people of Cape Town, the ANC, and the president. He paid tribute to soldiers who had carried out the campaign for justice rather than doing nothing.

    Then he stated the reasons why he could be released. He owed it to his people. He clarified what they should do and where to go next. Finally he reiterated that he was prepared to die for the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all people live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.

    In the speech, Mandela showed what a great leader should possess.

    I doubted Mandela was so influential when I first saw the news that so many people gathered and mourned his death. I was shocked when I learned that even world leaders gathered to remember Mandela. He was great, but was he that great?

    I got the answer after reading “Long Walk to Freedom” and this speech. He was a humble servant to his people, as he said. He was so passionate about his ideals even though he had been imprisoned for 27 years. He had never been infirm, he was always extraordinarily reliable. He had never forgotten what they were striving for, although he suffered a lot.

    His life was full of setbacks and torture, but there was unyielding hope and enduring persistence. He looked beyond the view of fighting against white rule. He pursued a system where people live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. He didn’t expel the white people whose rule had brought him the darkness of those 27 years.

    “It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred; he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness,” Mandela wrote in “Long Walk to Freedom.”

    He firmly held the belief that black people and white people could live in harmony. I saw in Mandela what a good leader should be.

 

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