THIS is not a typical opinion piece, but an appreciative letter to all South Africans.
We just concluded another peaceful, transparent, credible, free and fair general election and truly proved to the world that we will never betray the spirit and greatness of the iconic Nelson Mandela.
Tata Mandela’s extraordinary humanity and humility lives in us and among us.
We are greatly indebted to Madiba’s profound legacy of democracy, social harmony, love, peace, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Last Wednesday, millions of South Africans went to voting stations to elect their government. The 2014 elections were characterised by decorum of widespread peace and tolerance.
South Africans cast their votes amid a tranquil atmosphere of political stability and harmonious social co-existence.
There were pessimistic naysayers who thought the elections would be doomed.
There were some who thought the elections would result in civil strife and bloodshed.
Despite our differences, we all love our country dearly. Despite our religious and cultural diversity, we all respect each others’ beliefs, faiths and traditions.
Notwithstanding our shared human strengths and weaknesses, we treat each other with full dignity and humanity.
The cruelty of Apartheid should never be allowed to recur in our country.
The defeat and collapse of Apartheid in 1994 brought beautiful sunshine to our lives.
As South Africans, we should always honour and cherish our constitutional democracy.
We should never fail to give our best in our collective task to create a great country.
The world should continuously admire us as an epitome of human resilience and prosperity.
I’m fully aware that am not the president, I am just an ordinary political analyst who is amazingly proud of being a South African, but I wish to articulate and express myself in a presidential fashion.
I hereby wish to thank all South Africans for making our country proud, great and peaceful.
Our former president, Thabo Mbeki, once proudly declared: “I smile, because South Africans are creating a (beautiful) new dawn everyday”.
I smile because my fellow country men and women are creating a marvellous and prosperous South Africa every day.
I thank all South Africans for putting their country’s interests first.
Most importantly, we thank the excellent Independent Electoral Commission for its fairness, neutrality, independence and brilliance.
God bless us all and thank you South Africa.