"You can be rich in many ways besides money" our famous, first black president once said. And yet now the lined old face that we all so love lines the pockets of our country's people. Ironic perhaps. Especially when Mandela stood so surely for equality and the bank-note is the tool by which some capitalist leaders, overcome by the lust for material gain, only enrich themselves and widen the gap between rich and poor.
Let's just hope that as his face slips through our fingers on a daily basis, what he stood for does not. His legacy does not seem to be a fair trade for the movies popcorn worth of one twenty rand bill.
Let's just hope having a Madiba in our wallets, lets us carry him and his values in our hearts too.
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