The grandson of late former president Nelson Mandela described the fourth year anniversary of the death of the global icon as a “solemn occasion”.
Ndaba Mandela was speaking at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha at the commemoration event held by the Eastern Cape government.
“The fifth of December has always been a date that has stolen our liberation icon and grandfather. In 1956 he was captured by the apartheid forces and stood as an accused in that historic treason trial from 1956 until 1961.
“Fast-forward to 2013 the day that he passed away. We cherish Madiba as a unifier, a constitutional being and an integral part of a progressive collective. As a leader of note. Isithwalandwe [highest honour given in SA]. We will forever cherish this memory,” he said.
Ndaba said Madiba loved children and that it was now up those left behind to equip children with education and the necessary tools so they can be the leaders of tomorrow.
“When I talk of leaders of tomorrow I am talking about leaders who can compete on a global scale. Nelson Mandela rose up as a poor young men by any standards. And yet he showed the world that Africans are the leaders of the world. So I want to tell every young person that no matter where you come from, no matter the challenges you face, you too can achieve greatness like Nelson Mandela,” he said.