Mandela served his people with a humble spirit: Geingob

07 Dec 2013 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 07 DEC (NAMPA) - The late Nelson Mandela managed to reconcile a nation in which people had become accustomed to hatred and separation due to the policies of the then-ruling National Party.
This is how Prime Minister Hage Geingob described the late former President of South Africa in a tribute issued on Saturday. Known by many across the world by his clan name ‘Madiba’, he died at the age of 95 at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday evening.
Mandela had waged a long battle against lung infection.
“What makes Nelson Mandela unique is that he was a servant leader, inspirational leader, transactional leader and transformational leader. He served with a humble spirit, always endeavouring to serve first and then lead. He aspired to create a more just and caring world. He inspired many around the world because of his charm, which has had a profound effect on people across all generations. He was transactional, because he withstood what could have turned out to be a tumultuous period in South Africa,” the tribute stressed.
It went on to say Mandela was a man who quelled the angst of the white minority who ruled South Africa for centuries through the unlawful subjugation of blacks, according to Geingob.
“He wore the number 6 jersey of the Springbok rugby team which at that time was a sporting symbol of white minority rule. He invited racists to visit with him. He accommodated the national anthem, ‘Die Stem van Suid-Afrika’, in a new hybrid anthem,” the Prime Minster said.
He went on to state that although economic transformation did not take place during his rule, by reconciling a divided nation, Mandela laid the groundwork for future economic transformation.
“Mandela accommodated white people, he inspired, fought, reconciled, danced, and wore a perennial smile, which will last in our memories forever. What else can one say?” Geingob said.
The South African government on Friday announced that Mandela’s funeral will be held on 15 December 2013.
The icon will receive a State funeral, which is expected to take place in his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.