12 Dec 2013 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 DEC (NAMPA) - The late Nelson Mandela was a liberation icon, who changed his mindset from revenge to forgiveness.
Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) Secretary-General (SG), Reverend Maria Kapere said this in a tribute to Mandela during a memorial service in his honour at Parliament Gardens here on Thursday.
Mandela, South Africas first democratically elected president, passed away on Thursday last week in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was 95.
The memorial service was jointly organised by the CCN and the Namibian Government, and was attended by hundreds of people, including Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Swapo SG Nangolo Mbumba, Member of Parliament Ben Amathila, and Khomas Governor Laura McLeaod-Katjirua.
Kapere said Mandelas life path is a unique one, and then urged all people across Africa to live a life like that of Mandela.
Mandela chose forgiveness over revenge. Let us therefore practice love like Mandela, she appealed.
Kapere added that Mandela have shown that forgiveness is possible, as he has forgiven those who sent him to jail for 27 years. He was released in 1990.
Also speaking at the memorial service, South African High Commissioner to Namibia Yvette Myakayaka-Manzini describes Madiba, as Mandela is also known, as a revolutionary giant, a world icon and a peacemaker.
She said a great leader, great visionary and States man has fallen, but his lessons and teachings remain vivid in their minds.
Myakayaka-Manzini further depicted Mandela as an honest man, who fought for democracy and non-racialism for South Africans.
She said Mandela was a philanthropist, whose special focus was on children and on building their nation.
Great icon of humanity he was, and he has always practiced Ubuntu (a Nguni Bantu term roughly translating to human kindness), said the South African diplomat.
Myakayaka-Manzini said Mandela has guided them through the tough period of apartheid, and have taught them (South Africans) to give and take through adversaries.
Mandela has run his race. He fought for democracy and has laid a foundation for the future generation to take off from. May his soul rest in peace, she stated.
Mandela will be laid to rest on Sunday at his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape Province.