Madela a reminder of tolerance and forgiveness: Nujoma

11 Dec 2013 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 DEC (NAMPA) - The legacy of the late Nelson Mandela will continue to serve as a reminder of the values of compassion, tolerance and forgiveness.
This was the message of former Namibian President Sam Nujoma in view of the passing away of Mandela who died at the age of 95 at his home in Johannesburg on Thursday evening.
Nujoma also attended the memorial service held in honour of Mandela at the FNB Soccer Stadium in Soweto in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday.
“Although Comrade Mandela is no more, he will continue to live on through his legacy, which we must all emulate for more reconciliation around the world. He will be remembered by present and future generations for bequeathing to us and reminding us of the values of compassion, tolerance and forgiveness,” he noted.
According to Nujoma, there is no doubt that Mandela’s sense of humanity and belief in unity and reconciliation over vengeance will serve as an indelible mark and reminder of his legacy to the world, as he was one of the world’s greatest champions of peace and human dignity. “Madiba lived to see his dream come true. He stood firm and never wavered until South Africa was free and independent,” Nujoma stated.
He went on to say the political icon was a towering hero and a freedom fighter who embodied the ideals of freedom which he committed his entire life to, adding that as the Swapo-Party and the African National Congress (ANC) shared the same trenches in their national liberation struggles, Swapo members were always inspired by Madiba’s courage and determination.
Nujoma made reference to the late anti-apartheid activist Oliver Tambo, who described Mandela as “a man with a natural air of authority”, saying he could not help magnetising a crowd with his commanding and tall bearing.
He took mourners down memory lane with the Rivonia trial, describing it as a historical moment where Mandela put the whole apartheid system on trial and became the embodiment of the anti-apartheid struggle.
The Rivonia trial took place in South Africa between 1963 and 1964, and saw 10 leaders of the ANC tried for 221 acts of sabotage designed to overthrow the apartheid system.
“May his legacy continue to inspire millions of peaceful and loving citizens around the world to work together to promote global peace and harmony. May we all be consoled and granted fortitude during this difficult time of mourning,” he added.
International reports have indicated that Mandela’s body will lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria for three days. This is the seat of the South African government where previous presidents had signed aspects of the apartheid system into law.
The public will be allowed to view the casket each afternoon, before Mandela's body is transported to his boyhood home of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, where he will be laid to rest on Sunday.