Remember Mandela's teachings: Holomisa

By Drum Digital
16 December 2013

Mandela's teachings of reconciliation should be practised, especially during national elections next year, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said.

Former president Nelson Mandela's teachings of reconciliation should be practised, especially during national elections next year, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said on Monday.

"As we start this journey of electioneering for the 2014 elections, I want us to remember Madiba's teachings of reconciliation and tolerance," he told United Democratic Movement members during Reconciliation Day celebrations in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, according to a copy of his speech.

"Of course there will be much competition, not only between political parties, but within our party as well. This is the nature of democracy, and healthy competition is good."

He said the UDM's vision fell within Mandela's philosophy and teachings.

The party would soon start drafting election candidates' list, he said.

"The UDM has a responsibility to the people who vote for us... to put the best people in the right jobs.

"Certain people are best experienced, equipped and qualified for particular jobs and we must consider this when we talk party lists."

Holomisa thanked the people of Mthatha who helped during Mandela's mourning period and funeral in Qunu on Sunday.

The Eastern Cape had produced many excellent thinkers and giants of the struggle, he said.

"The Transkei unbanned the liberation movements at a critical point in time and we played a role in making the current South Africa possible. We are, and should be, proud of that history," Holomisa said.

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, aged 95, on December 5.

-by Sapa

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