The Peace Warrior Of Mzansi, among heroes - a colossus!
Sun Of The Nation; A rare gift of Providence.
Once, entangled in the web of racist succubus;
Unruffled he declares before High Justice:
'[I]t is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.' Silence -
Pregnant with dreadful menace in court ensued.
A beast of burden consequent of unshakeable stance.
In the slammer Symbol Of The Struggle he attained;
But Apartheid demon persisted in its Treachery.
'Coalition Of Conscience' inspired outcry for Liberty;
Plagues of sanctions shatter manacles of Slavery.
Looming on the horizon - a sight of Equality.
From abyss of darkness emerged the Institution;
The Immortal Icon and Mastermind of Rainbow Nation.
NOTE: This compact synopsis of Dr Nelson Madiba Mandela
is a story about his journey from The Rivonia Trial
(where he was charged with TREASON -
an offence carrying death penalty by HANGING)
to Freedom and Democracy.
He was after much... sentenced to life imprisonment
with hard labour.
The piece is a poetic portrait of the cosmopolitan juggernaut,
whose enigmatic radiance of love was tested far beyond