- The home of South Africa’s first democratic president, the late Nelson Mandela, has been converted into a boutique hotel
- Now called the Sanctuary Mandela, the refurbished establishment is said to preserve and honour the legacy of the iconic leader
- Social media users shared their views on the establishment, saying it's likely only be enjoyed by the rich and out of the reach of average South Africans
South Africa’s first democratic president, the late Nelson Mandela left a lasting mark extending beyond generations.
To preserve and honour the legacy of the iconic leader, his home, which had been a symbol of his presidency and struggle against apartheid, has now been transformed into a luxury hotel.
Madiba and members of his family lived at the residence between 1992 and 1998. He was based there while negotiating the multi-party talks that led to South Africa’s democratic rebirth, South Africa’s famous 1995 Rugby World Cup win, the first elections and his presidency.
The news was shared by @ReutersAfrica on Twitter along with a video into the fancy establishment called Sanctuary Mandela.
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Luxury hotel to represent the struggle against apartheid?
While such a development may be remarkable, social media users were not entirely impressed, saying the establishment does not stand for what the struggle hero fought for and would only be enjoyed by the elite.
Check out some of their comment on the post:
“To me, it’s a desecration of his memory and blatant capitalism. A museum would have been the better route but that wouldn’t make money...”
“I suppose, only the rich can experience his legacy, why are you celebrating a socialist with capitalism!?”
“It’s even sad that the group that manages this ‘‘luxury boutique hotel’’ (Motsamayi Tourism Group) is only 46% Black-owned. Mandela fought against apartheid, to only see his foundation and a branco-led team profit off his legacy, and deny people the chance to know him deeper.”
“There is already a museum at the Nelson Mandela Foundation which is 2 streets away (not to mention another Mandela Museum 30 mins drive in Soweto). They have done a great job to sustainably saving the building from total dereliction. Tbf, Joburg already has many Mandela museums.”
“Symbol of struggle against apartheid turns into a luxury hotel to honor Nelson Mandela's legacy???????????”
Photos of man who has a striking resemblance with Nelson Mandela
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that mixed reactions have trailed photos of a man that has a striking resemblance with Nelson Mandela.
The young man with the Twitter handle @LudidiVelani recently took to the app and caused quite the buzz after sharing the pictures of a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to South Africa's first black president.
South Africans could not resist the temptation to take to the comment section and share their suspicions that maybe Madiba did not pass away after all.