Nelson Mandela's status as a global icon whilst he was alive was never in doubt. With his passing, this past week has seen an outpouring of love and reverence for what Nelson Mandela represented, from the common man to Heads of State around the world.
His body, which has been lying in state for the past three days, has been viewed by thousands paying their lasts respects.On Sunday, December 15, Mandela will be laid to rest in the village of Qunu in South Africa where he grew up in as a boy.
In his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela stated; "I learned how to knock birds out of the sky with a slingshot, to gather wild honey and fruits and edible roots, to drink warm, sweet milk straight from the udder of a cow, to swim in the cold, clear streams, and to catch fish with twine and sharpened bits of wire. It was in that village near Umtata that I spent some of the happiest years of my boyhood."
MNI Alive reached down into South Africa during this past week and connected with South African born and raised, Mrs Nthabiseng Mokoto. Mrs Mokoto works as a Financial Advisor in South Africa and is a firm ANC supporter. She exclusively shares with MNI Alive her thoughts on what what Mandela meant to her and the people of South Africa. Listen to her audio below: