10 Things Mandela Said, That Zuma Completely Ignored.

Nelson Mandela was no ordinary man, and no ordinary man would disagree with that fact. We know that through his life we saw true selflessness and genuine concern for all people; even those who imprisoned him for nearly 3 decades. As South Africa’s first black president, and a deserving Nobel Peace Prize winner, his shoes have understandably been difficult to fill.

However, such is the greatness of Madiba, that even in his plethora of quotes and speeches, it seems like he did leave profound hints to those leaders who would care to listen.

With the current state of affairs in South Africa, one thing is clear; Jacob Zuma missed every single ‘How to lead like Madiba’ class.

We’ve compiled 10 things Nelson Mandela said in his life, which would do Zuma well to pay attention to.

  1. “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”

  2. “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

  3. “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

  4. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

  5. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”




  6. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

  7. “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”

  8. “There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.”

  9. “A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.”

  10. “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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