Yellow Green and Black
The passing of the great Nelson Mandela drove the country and the world to a halt. Although on one end, it had become almost acceptable that at 96, the legend's time to depart was close, not many South Africans were ready to let go.
When president Jacob Zuma announced Madiba's passing on the evening of December 5th, within minutes multitudes flocked Mandela's Houghton home to mourn and pay their last respects.
Memorial sites hastily morphed across the country to pay homage to the loss of a great man. ANC colours were also a prevalent feature at all the said sites through the official flag and cloths with Madiba's portrait. There was a lot of paraphernalia that was reminiscent of the 1994 inauguration party. 10 days of mourning was declared by the government and world leaders converged from all over to bid Mandela farewell.
The yellow, green and black colours of the ANC were prominent throughout the cities and the rural areas. Even in death, Mandela united people from all races, religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and nationalities. With the national elections now upon us, it remains to be seen whether the subliminal touch of ANC politicking during the period of mourning pays off. Ironically as it stands, the future of the ANC hangs in the balance while the spirit of Madiba lives on.
- Munya Vomo