06 Dec 2013 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 06 DEC (NAMPA) - The Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) has described the late Nelson Mandela as a servant who crusaded for freedom, justice and peace for all.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday evening.
The URCSA was formed by the union of Black and Coloured Dutch Reformed mission churches in 1994.
In a tribute issued on Friday, the Executive Director of the Church Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) in Namibia, Reverend Dr Henry Platt, who is also an executive member of URCSA, said the church said he was a beloved president, and in the way he exemplified justice, forgiveness and reconciliation, in his life and leadership, a servant of the Most High God.
Mandelas struggle for a just and equitable South Africa was not an easy one. He knew adversity. He had his trials and tribulations and uncertainty, but it was his call to servanthood to a people and a nation which made him persevere through it all.
It was the hope in him which encouraged him to believe that another day, a better day, will dawn. It was his love for a nation in bondage which made him persevere under very difficult circumstances, the tribute said.
It further stated that the best way South Africans and the world can honour the memory and continue the legacy of such a great servant and leader is, amongst others, by serving their nation unselfishly, sacrificially and without fear in order to make South Africa the great nation Mandela worked and suffered for; by guarding jealously South Africas hard-won democracy, and to not allow the freedoms gained to be eroded by any institution or individual; by continuing to fight for the economic liberation of the victims of apartheid; by holding governments responsible without fear or favour for proper and effective delivery of services to the nation; and to make sure that the children of that country, whom Mandela so dearly loved, receive an education which will empower them to reap the fruits of freedom and democracy.
The church furthermore sent condolences to the anti-apartheid icon's wife Graca Machel, his children, grandchildren, great grand-children and the entire family.
Mandela will receive a State funeral, which is expected to take place in his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.