TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA
BY PRIME MINSTER,
THE MOST PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER,
AT JOINT SITTING OF PARLIAMENT,
FRIDAY DECEMBER 13, 2013
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
It is not an easy task to reflect on the life of an icon such as Nelson Mandela, a man who has left behind a legacy that is unequalled in its diversity, complexity, and rich history.
- For his children he was simply Papa;
- To his fellow ANC Members and Freedom Fighters he was Comrade and a former Leader;
- To his fellow South Africans he was ‘Madiba’ or ‘Tata’, Father of modern day, non-racial, equal South Africa – the Rainbow Nation;
- To the rest of the world, he was a symbol of the innate qualities that make us human; the embodiment of: kindness, courage, wisdom, honour, humility, dignity and strength of character.
Nelson Mandela will be remembered as one of the finest gifts of humanity; the incarnation of hope; the personification of virtue and majesty; a benchmark that as individuals and as a collective we should strive to emulate, if not to attain.
Our deepest sympathies are with his widow Graça, his surviving children, Makaziwe, Zenani and Zindziswa, his seventeen grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren, other family members and friends.
Allow me to also extend our profound condolences to the people of South Africa, who have lost their first majority elected President; the father of modern South Africa.
Mr. Speaker, there have been only a tiny handful of people throughout the broad span of human history who have gripped the hearts and minds of such wide a cross-section of humanity, as has Nelson Rolohahla Mandela…READ MORE