General News of 2013-12-06

Nelson Mandela is irreplaceable – Dr. Gebe

A fellow at the Legon Center for International Affairs at the University of Ghana, Dr. Yao Dzobe Gebe says no leader would be able to achieve the feat chalked by the late ex-South African president, Nelson Mandela.
According to him, Mandela as an epitome of humility, equality, justice and one who brought development to all, irrespective of race, is irreplaceable.
“There is no way that former president Nelson Mandela can be replaced. He has left a legacy and for any other person whether black or white to do exactly what he did while in office, will be a very tall drain” he stressed.
South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died at age 95 Thursday, December 5. During his lifetime he won the Nobel peace prize in 1993 but retired from public life in 2004 after suffering lung illness for years.
Nelson Mandela is credited for replacing the racist white-minority regime that had enforced segregation of black and white people in a policy known as apartheid in 1994 after serving 27 years in prison.
Tributes from world leaders described him as the beacon of hope for Africa.
Speaking on Joy News Friday, Dr. Yao Gebe said no leader will be able to fit into Mandela’s "shoes".
He noted that Nelson Mandela’s legacy of ensuring equality and racial coexistence will be very difficult for any leader to achieve.
Commenting on the effect of Mandela’s death, he said it will have implications not only on South Africa but on the international community at large.
“The death of former president Nelson Mandela may not be seen as the healing band but as a serious break in the front of the majority in South Africa particularly the blacks”, he stated.
The International Relations expert indicated that recent division in South Africa’s governing party; the African National Congress (ANC) and comments by leaders like Desmond Tutu prove all is not well in the country.
Dr. Yao Gebe said if South Africans don’t unite after the death of Madela, rallying support from the white race will be a problem.
Meanwhile, a service of national mourning is expected to be held at a-95,000-seater stadium on the outskirts of Johannesburg on Monday.
Nelson Mandela’s body will lie-in-state for three days in the capital, Pretoria, before being taken for a state funeral in the village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, where he grew up.