- By Cheval John
Reporter, Vallano Media
Sports have a way of bringing people together.
That proved to be true for the nation of South Africa when they hosted the Rugby World Cup in 1995.
What made it more special was the fact that the late Nelson Mandela, who was elected as the nation's first black president, wore a Springbok jersey before the cup began.
You might wonder why that is a big deal?
The reason was because the Springboks, South Africa's national rugby team, represented brutality and oppression to the black South Africans during Apartheid.
Mandela's simple gesture of wearing the jersey was his way of telling the people that he forgave the oppressors who sentenced him to 27 years in prison for his stance against the Apartheid system and that a person should not allow bitterness to take rule of their lives.
Mandela is the ultimate figure in this world because he understood his position as a public figure.
Because of his willingness to forgive, he not only changed South Africa, but set an example for the world on how to be a true leader.