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Nelson Mandela remembered in the Eastern Cape

By Afikile Lugunya - Dec 6, 2017
Nelson Mandela remembered in the Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape province on Tuesday commemorated four years since the passing of former president, Nelson Mandela, at a ceremony held at the Nelson Mandela Museum's Bhunga Building, in Mthatha, where 100 candles were set alight and 100 doves released.

The late statesman and global icon, fondly known as Madiba, died on 5 December 2013 after suffering from a prolonged respiratory infection. 

Mandela's body lay in state from 11 to 13 December at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and a state funeral was held on 15 December in his rural home of Qunu, outside Mthatha.

Speaking at the event Eastern Cape Premier, Phumullo Masualle, said that the doves represented the life of Nelson Mandela, which entailed peace.

“This release is really symbolic; doves are associated with peace for all his life Nelson Mandela propagated peace amongst the people of South Africa and people of the world.

“This gesture will as we honour this forth memory of his demise, we do this so that the society can remember what he stood for,” Premier Masualle said.

A representative of the Nelson Mandela Museum, Andiswa Vikilahle, said that they aim to keep the story of Mandela alive.

“As the Nelson Mandela Museum, we tell the story of human emancipation solidarity, freedom, justice, democracy, nation building and reconciliation amongst other things. We do this through the life of Nelson Mandela as he is the symbol of these values and as we work together towards the Mandela centenary, we focus on how we can change the narrative in our society in the next hundred years.

“We will do that through a book that we have developed to share Madiba's values and we are saying that in the next 100 years, let us all work towards change in the narrative of South Africa,” Vikilahle said.

Ndaba Mandela, who is a grandchild of Nelson Mandela, described  his grandfather as a unifier, which is why his memory should always be cherished.

“We cherish Madiba as a unifier, a constitutional being an integral part of a progressive collective, as a leader of notes we will forever cherish his memory."

He added that Nelson Mandela loved children very much so it is very important for everyone to play a role of equipping them to become leaders of tomorrow.

“Convictions and deep beliefs has not died, it lives and it will outlive us as long as we continue to make decisions guided by love and to continually strive for a future worthy of the sacrifice Mandela and others fought for,” Mandela said.