06 Dec 2013 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 06 DEC (NAMPA) - South African High Commissioner to Namibia, Yvette Lillian Mavivi Myakayaka has described the first black President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela as a great conciliator.
The icon of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle died late Thursday at his home in Johannesburg, surrounded by friends and family.
Mandela, 95, had waged a long battle against lung infection.
Briefing the media on the passing of the Nobel Peace Prize winner in Windhoek on Friday, Myakayaka said Madiba was a peacemaker.
He emerged from jail without bitterness. He was a unifier, she said.
She stated that Mandela was a humble man who sacrificed his entire life for the struggle against apartheid and shared all he had, including skills, with South Africans during the dark days of the struggle and after that countrys independence.
He was a philanthropist and his focus on children, the poor and women was an indication of the kind of man he was, she added.
He became such a visionary leader of people of South Africa, the region, Africa and the entire world because of his principle of believing in democracy, justice, equality, rule of law and good governance, she further stated.
South Africas President Zuma on Thursday announced that Mandela will receive a full state funeral, which is expected to be attended by dignitaries from around the world. He also ordered flags to be flown at half-mast.
Once considered a terrorist by the United States and Britain for his support of violence against the apartheid regime, at the time of his death he had gained the admiration of people the world over.
He spent 27 years behind bars before being freed in 1990 to lead the African National Congress (ANC) in negotiations with white minority rulers, which culminated in elections in South Africa in 1994.
He then went on to serve a single term as president.