The world has lost a great man. I find myself put off by both the hagiography and the rending of garments; the real Madiba was more interesting and has more to teach us than the messiah now set before us.
It seems to me that the loss is also symbolic. In his passing, people mourn not only the man, but also the promise of the 90's, long gone. As people honour the stature and dignity of this extraordinary man, it throws into even starker contrast the lack thereof in his successors. Where next?