06 December 2013, The Tablet

‘Troublemaker’ who chose life

by Chris Chivers

 
Despite spending 27 isolated years in prison, Nelson Mandela chose the path of forgiveness, hope and reconciliation. That decision gave South Africa a vision for its own future, writes a vicar who met him several times in Cape Town Of all the people who've walked the earth in my lifetime, none has surely made an impression on all of us to equal that of the man known the world over as Nelson Mandela. Nelson was the very British name Mandela was given when he went to the Methodist school that helped to form and shape his many gifts and aspirations. But his ancestral name, the only name that was given to him at birth by his father was Rolohlahla which is Xhosa for “pulling at the branch of a tree”. Colloquially the best translation would be “troublemaker'”. But in
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User Comments (1)

Comment by: Anthony Ozimic
Posted: 10/12/2013 14:18:11

"Who chose life"? 1 million unborn children have been killed under Mandela's abortion law http://spuc-director.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/god-rest-nelson-mandela-his-record-on.html