Mandela is 'like a God'

2010-08-19 09:50

Bruce Hepburn - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Lewis Hamilton says that after his second meeting with Nelson Mandela in April, his admiration for the former South African president has grown even more.

Hamilton was well on his way to his 2008 Formula One World Championship title when he was invited to Mandela's 90th birthday party that year.

The F1 star was joined at the gala dinner by many of the world's rich and famous, like Bill Clinton, Elton John and Denzel Washington, but Mandela impressed Hamilton the most and his admiration grew even more when the two met again in April this year. Hamilton was in Cape Town for a PR appearance for McLaren sponsor Vodafone and used the opportunity to have a second visit with Mandela which left him even more impressed than two years earlier.

Speaking on the Motorsport Total web site, Hamilton said of Mandela: "For many South Africans, he is a hero."

The 25-year old Briton said he had admired Mandela while still at school. 

"Nelson Mandela is simply a great personality - warm-hearted and always happy," continued Hamilton. "He sat for 27 years in prison and nevertheless is so unencumbered and at peace with the world. After his release from prison, he even went to visit his jailor and had tea with him. That is quite unbelievable!"

"I felt a certain humility and pride at being allowed to meet him. He was impressive - like a God," said Hamilton. "With people like him, the world could have been very much better."

"It was so nice at our meeting - not only for me, but for my entire family. It was not a simple 'meet-and-greet". It was really beautiful."

" I have now been to South Africa two or three times, and Cape Town and Johannesburg are two of my favourite places," he continued. " When I went to Cape Town the first time, it bowled me over! I was there for one and a half days and it was simply unbelievable."

Hamilton currently lies second in the 2010 world championship which resumes after a summer break with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on 29 August.


  • CA Kotze - 2010-08-19 09:57

    Maybe a man made "god". No capital G for him. His pure human, a sinner and I hope a man that accepts Jesus Christ as his saviour before he dies, if he has not done it yet.

  • Mastos - 2010-08-19 09:59

    he is just an xtra ordinary man who has achieved quite remarkably and been selfless while fighting for freedom for all, admire him for that. he does not even come near God,,,,be blessed!

  • Jack - 2010-08-19 10:12

    Mr C.A.Kotze...This is not a forum for "Your Ministry"....Stick to the subject at hand....

  • Bob - 2010-08-19 10:13

    Like a God? I wonder, does he mean like God, he felt justified in causing the death of people to serve his own agenda? Like that kind of God? Or is it the invisible imaginary sky-daddy, takes credit for all the good stuff, completely blameless for all the bad stuff kind of God? Just wondering which kind of God. Old testament God or New Testament God? Yeah Yeah, I know what he meant, but why can't people just stick to the 'he's a great man and it was an honour to meet him' which he certainly is, and it certainly would be an honour to meet him. But, as soon as we start assigning God-Like status to people, it gets, actually it just gets Stoopid!!!. It's bad enough when people start assigning God-like status to nothing at all...let alone human beings, albeit some of our more revered ones.

  • Bob - 2010-08-19 10:15

    Like a God? I wonder, does he mean like God, he felt justified in causing the death of people to serve his own agenda? Like that kind of God? Or is it the invisible imaginary sky-daddy, takes credit for all the good stuff, completely blameless for all the bad stuff kind of God? Just wondering which kind of God. Old testament God or New Testament God? Yeah Yeah, I know what he meant, but why can't people just stick to the 'he's a great man and it was an honour to meet him' which he certainly is, and it certainly would be an honour to meet him. But, as soon as we start assigning God-Like status to people, it gets, actually it just gets Stoopid!!!. It's bad enough when people start assigning God-like status to nothing at all...let alone human beings, albeit some of our more revered ones.

  • Chrissie - 2010-08-19 10:18

    "Nope", Mandela is not like a God. He is a man made god. He is a human being who fought for freedom and for that I admire him.

  • me_again - 2010-08-19 10:21

    Although he fought for freedom he still murdered people. He has most likely asked for forgivness but anyway he is still a great man whom I wish was younger so he could have been a leader of our country for longer, as I am sure it wouldn't have been as rough as it is now!!

  • DC Esterhuyse - 2010-08-19 10:21


  • Great man, but no god - 2010-08-19 10:22

    He is an extraordinary leader, but is by no means a god. Don't make him into a myth - great man who did a lot of good things. He is a human being. No one can be compared to God.

  • Lorraine - 2010-08-19 10:23

    he is anti-christ

  • Ian - 2010-08-19 10:28

    I disagree, big time disagree. There's way too many very ugly skeletons in Mandelas closet, ask him about quatro camp and why the world is still kept in the dark about this???? If you commit a serious crime/s then you need to accept that jail is what you deserve, the anc made a nice pr job out of Mandela, that's the long and the short of it...

  • Wally Smith - 2010-08-19 10:28

    CA Kotze....You are a typical joke pal.

  • Francois - 2010-08-19 10:29

    There is only One God...Lewis....the question is do you believe in Jesus Christ....If so then you won't compare a mere human to my Lord.

  • Louise Russie - 2010-08-19 10:31

    Romans 3 vs 23 says "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." if we want to live correctly we have to be Christlike. Mr. Mandela is being Christlike by loving and forgiving his fellow man. We have many people like him that are doing this daily, but because they are not celebrities no one knows about this. Thank God for people that are God fearing. God Bless

  • vuzile - 2010-08-19 10:32


  • Antonio - 2010-08-19 10:36

    Mention God and the bashers come out with pitch forks! I agree that Mandela is LIKE a God (capital G). Amazing person, forgiving, charitable, super intelligent with the power to bring together people of all races, religions and nationalities. Now if that is not God-like, I don't know what is!? @CA Kotze. Think about this for a minute. Do you think that your loving and forgiving God would banish a man like Mandela to hell if he doesn't comply with the corner stone of your religion? Live out of the box for a second - what if Mandela is a follower of Islam, is he going to hell? CA, I think you should look at your life and start living a more peaceful and forgiving existence. You do not make the rules and neither does a Book written by people who lived many decades/centuries after the Son/Prophets/Disciples lived.

  • sonntag - 2010-08-19 10:38

    CA Kotze, So , so true how do one go to him and tell him about this wonderful salvation because there are body gaurds that will not allow you to go near Mr Mandela.

  • Renee Wolfaardt - 2010-08-19 10:39

    Mandela is not and will never be like God. I respect and admire him but like previous comments I agree that he is human and make mistakes like us. Lots of South Africans have suffered - white and black. Do not ever try to comparisons with God - it is not possible. People thought Titanic was insinkable - they thought that they have beaten God and look what happened. Do not tempt God - we serve a mighty God.

  • MANDELA! - 2010-08-19 10:40

    He's done far better than SA's Church System Go Madiba. NELSON NELSON NELSON...... its just a shame that his dream has been destroyed by the ANC's greed. At least there's hope with the DA to keep his vision going.

  • CS - 2010-08-19 10:43

    Strongly agree with CA Kotze there is only one GOD no one can be compared with the ONE AND ONLY!!

  • Jack - 2010-08-19 10:49

    "Mr Kotze"...on second thoughts...May I recommend "Darwin" to you.Maybe Mandela has also read some of Charles Darwin's books. Like someone said..."Mandela has been quoted as saying that he does not believe in a personal God.

  • Greater Understanding - 2010-08-19 10:51

    It would serve us all well in SA if we could just take time to understand others before subjecting others opinions with our clouded often misconstrued preconceived ideology. Please take the time now to studty the meaning of god as defined by the various dictionaries/literature and hopefully it would rid you off your narrow mindedness. Start leading SA by being open minded and seek greater understanding, you are not here to pass judgement. Opinion must at least have some form of a basis.

  • BossGP - 2010-08-19 10:52

    Nicely said Bob, but it takes a great character to go to the person that imprisoned you for 27 years, and say to him, I FORGIVE YOU. He is definitely not God, but he is closer to God than most people in this country, or in the world.

  • Nicol Julie - 2010-08-19 11:02

    There is only one GOD. It is insulting, look at what happened in his life. JAIL........ He is a blessed man, but is not a GOD

  • Huguenot - 2010-08-19 11:04

    Mr Mandela is no god - he is a convicted terrorist. He purposefully and methodically planned for the death and destruction of those that opposed him and his comrades. He failed in his personal capacity because he was caught by the security forces. Unlike Rhodesia, the justice system in SA did not kill him, but instead put him on trial and send him to jail. On an island where he was able to study and live a peaceful and healthy life - hence his old age now as a direct result of his treatment. In part he gained wisdom over his time there and knew violence was not the way forward - unlike some of his collegues - very, very few countries can say this of their imates convicted for high treason. Mandela has never confessed to being a Christian and having JC as his Lord and Savior. Don't be fooled by the hype... the world craves a savior/ god, yet rejects the one He sent.

  • Andy - 2010-08-19 11:07

    The Mandela Myth is just a marketing gimmick to con people like Hamilton. Those who KNOW must laugh themselves to sleep every night!!

  • ThamiB - 2010-08-19 11:14

    We are all gods in front of God eyes. Off course there is a different range and we are always special in our own class. Big up to baba-Madiba.

  • Cliff - 2010-08-19 11:15

    It's no use tackiling Madiba and Hamilton in our comments people, neither get your nickers in a knot for the other's faith and religous preferences. The author of this article has erred in heading the article with a capital 'G' for god. In the English language, when referring to someone noble, impressive, or simply aweinspiring, it is not uncommon to say someone is "godlike". That does not mean that he worships the man. He is just expressing his admiration for Madiba. My personal experience with Madiba, is the man is absolutely electric and his presence is imposing. So I agree with Hamilton.

  • TM - 2010-08-19 11:15

    Who and where is God

  • Phew - 2010-08-19 11:20

    I do not agree, I do like what he has done but as he says he is just a man. I like some of things that he has done but surely not all. He has surely made some big mistakes look at he successors Thabo and Jacob that is not what I expected to see after his left office. Phew

  • Dolly - 2010-08-19 11:21

    WHY compare Madiba as GOD, im sure he would not like such as comparison. Madiba is human, and he has his fault,God does not make mistakes, his simply GOD- cannot be compared

  • Easy E (Hamilton FAN) - 2010-08-19 11:21

    Good lad!

  • Mirriam - 2010-08-19 11:23

    Mandela is just a human being,who was able to used to deliver freedom into S.A however people like to idolise leaders,not all of us are born to be leaders like Mandela,many times in the bible we read about people like Gideon who were leaders,Mary the mother of Jesus who was chosen amongst many ladies to conceive the Saviour.Pls lets not make Mandela an Idol what he has done is great and we bless the Lord for his life.

  • Elsie - 2010-08-19 11:24

    Well said - CA Kotze. No man can be compared to God.

  • DC Esterhuyse - 2010-08-19 11:26

    God and religion is the opiate of the masses - born out of the desire to live for ever and the fear of dying

  • rosewellzz` - 2010-08-19 11:26

    there is no god you muppets, stop deluding yourselves , its only a crutch for your mind when you cant handle the idea of being on your own in this world. The idea was placed in your head by your folks and the church at a young age and it aint leaving. Same as a young Muslim kid in Pakistan only he believes in Islam,the ideas been put in his head by his folks and his church.

  • Lusanda - 2010-08-19 11:26

    Lol...i thnk he is God 2 us black ppl...tank u Madiba

  • me - 2010-08-19 11:26

    lmfao!!! dont make me laugh....

  • Cosman - 2010-08-19 11:31

    To the arrogan,t misguided, religious zealots out there, please spare us your outdated claptrap. I'll bet you're the kind of people who regard Hendrick Verwoed as an icon. I wish we had more people like Mandela. Yes, he fought for the freedom of his people, like Moses, Jesus etc and it was a worthy cause. The fact that the ANC is now screwing everything up and is run by clowns who are destroying everything this man built is another matter all together. So, spend some time reflecting on what you can do for your fellow man and make planet earth a better place instead of worshiping Gods who don't exist.

  • victor - 2010-08-19 11:32

    Maybe a god dammit or a god help us or god forbid, or just plain god damn useless and who the hell does Lewis Hamilton think he is but just another taxi driver in an F1

  • Bozaza - 2010-08-19 11:38

    No human being is a God, the fact that Mandela is a prominent figure, does not him God.

  • Kgomotso - 2010-08-19 11:41

    We all know what Mandela done for the country but comparing him with God is just not totally on.No one can be like God as he is man of his own kind.So pls Hamilton stop misleading people.

  • ANTI-MADIBA - 2010-08-19 11:42

    @Francois, I never thought there would be another person, who would raise his voice for our ONE and ONLY GOD, JESUS CHRIST!!!!! Well done my friend!!! @Antonio, I can only thank my God, that you are not going to heaven, because if people like you are going, I do not want to. I hope you and your 'idol' share a cell in hell. How gracious and good-hearted of mandela to share a cup of tea with the person who 'apparently' jailed him wrongly for 27-years???? HAHA, I think I should start killing innocent people, maybe the 'BLIND' would also place me on a throne, after a few years and 'see' me as a god???? I do not have to live outside 'the box' Antonio, I live according to MY GOD'S WORD!!!!! I'm sure you will never wake up from your pathetic coma of a life, but that's okay - there's not enough space in heaven for all of us>>>>>

  • Bull - 2010-08-19 11:44

    MADIBA sacrificed a long time of his Life. He gets points for that but alot of innocent people also got killed because of his bombing.Gandhi showed that you can stand up against oppression without violence.....Also look at our people striking now violence, violence, violence THEY don't know anything better that is what they got thought............God bless madiba and touch his heart aswell as all my SA brothers and sisters.....For the record I am not white just choose my role models for everything they have achieved good /bad they are lots more role models that don't get the relevant Glory Peace

  • Thabisi - 2010-08-19 11:53

    just how stupid and naive people are, such as Huguenot who claims very moronically that Mandela's longevity is due to his " nice" stay in jail! it is this clinging to such such kind of attitudes that will ultimately spell total disaster for this country. Not only are they insulting to the black population but downright provocative in the extreme..

  • Nick - 2010-08-19 11:55

    Oh please... Lewis Hamilton is a child. Who cares what he thinks.

  • Hugenot @Thabisi - 2010-08-19 18:12

    @Thabisi - you are unfortunately ignorant of what torture and humiliation can do to a person's psychi and physical wellbeing. Just ask those in China's jails, German concentration camps and the American detention basis'... they easily break people - scars of this nature dont afford you to live into your late 80s. People like you tend to have a "victim" attitude about them and expect everyone (especially whites) to be appologetic so that you can thrive on your "entitlement" attitude. You very often appeal to peoples ignorant emotional needs and very seldom entertain facts. It people like you that turn a blind eye to corruption and criminal activities in the name of "justice".

  • EJIOGU - 2010-08-19 18:38

    I am a soldier,the first time I came close to The GOC,I felt like I had seen God.That is a feeling,I know that the GOC is not GOD.So I understand what Hamilton is saying,However,the fellow who says that MADIBA's longevity is due to his years in the cooler has no regard Neither for man nor God.Enjoy your Trip Hammy,SPA is 9days away,GO GET YOUR SECOND CROWN.

  • Mark - 2010-08-19 21:54

    I am amused at these comments, people actually still believe in GODS! Lol I started seeing the joke after nursery school. If you believe in a god you have to also believe that every mistake abortion and murderer was made bye him? next time you turn on your TV use your ipod or travel in a Jumbo, remember you putting your faith in Science! the only truth you will ever know! atoms, quarks, neutrinos, muons.

  • garth - 2010-08-20 03:11

    @ Mark, thats why scientest who were previously athiest suddenly became christian? good try. @huegenot - r you serious ? really? serious? i would never want to have a convo with you, it would go nowhere very fast! @ everyone - regarding madibas past... he was a revolutionery freedom fighter, what did you expect? if you WHITE man walked in his shoes what would you have done in those days? lay down n bow to your masters? im sure you didnt do that to the english? im sure the english didnt bow down to the nordic/scandanavian n roman conquerers? the majesty of the man was his capacity to forgive after he came into power, im sure zimbabwe citizens of all colour will apreciate that notion right now! grow up. no one is without their faults espeicially GANDI!!! ask any Indian!