The news of his passing fills me with mixed emotions. Sadness at the end of the life of a man of such greatness, but also relief that he is no longer suffering. Rest in Peace Tata Madiba.
Today I find myself in Bloemfontein, which as a friend of mine put it, was the heartland of apartheid. Like the yin and the yan, there is also another side to the Bloemfontein coin. It is the birthplace of the ANC. Built in 1926, the Maphikela house can be found in Mangaung Township in Bloemfontein. It is known as the birth place of the African National Congress because that is where the party was founded and Thomas Maphikela was one of the founder members and a member of the Executive Committee of the ANC in Bloemfontein in 1935.