Mandela one of humanity's brightest lights: DTA

07 Dec 2013 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 DEC (NAMPA) - One of humanity’s brightest lights was extinguished when former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela died on Thursday evening, the DTA of Namibia says.
The party described the late Mandela as more than just a politician and a leader in a tribute statement issued on Saturday.
“Inspiring, gracious and humble, Tata Mandela served not only South Africa and her people, but all of humanity. Madiba dedicated his life and sacrificed more than what could ever have been expected from any person to realising the dream of a non-racial South Africa. He has provided us with a shining example of servant-leadership, humility, kindness and has left us with an enduring legacy of benevolence and compassion,” DTA president McHenry Venaani was quoted as saying in the statement.
Madiba is the clan name which Mandela was affectionately known by.
Venaani described Mandela as a man who was a great inspiration throughout his political career, as well as in his personal life.
“Prayers go out to the Mandela family as they mourn the passing of such a great man,” he said.
The South African government on Friday announced that Mandela’s funeral will be held on 15 December 2013.
His body will lie in state in Pretoria for three days before he receives a State funeral, which is expected to take place in his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.