Mary Robinson: We can honour Madiba's legacy best by giving ourselves to others
Mary Robinson pays tribute to her dear friend Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, Madiba, prisoner 466/64 – whatever name we use we are talking about a much-loved citizen of the world whose memory and legacy will never die.
What is it that made Nelson Mandela the most revered statesman and beloved figure of our time? Why is it that his death is felt by all of us as a personal loss, leaving a sense of being bereft? I can only give my own sense of why he was the most inspiring individual I have ever met.
I cannot remember when I first became aware of Nelson Mandela, but I was certainly aware of the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 and his leadership in the immediate aftermath.