The South African Muslim Network (SAMNET) joins all South Africans in mourning the passing of Mr Nelson Mandela, an icon in South Africa and across the world, and an inspiration to so many of us.
We convey our most sincere condolences to his family, the African National Congress and South Africans at large.
Madiba left a legacy second to none in the annals of South African history and although his unshakeable passion to eradicate injustice brought him and his family much strife and suffering, he remained steadfast in championing in the cause of the poor, powerless and down-trodden.
To him justice and equality were indivisible and had to be relentlessly pursued irrespective of race, colour or creed and without fear or favour. Remarkably, he never deviated from the consistent, principled response to injustice and inhumanity throughout his life even when it was politically "incorrect".
We can all take solace from the fact that his was a life truly well lived in the service of his fellow beings.
The best tribute we can give to Madiba would be to emulate many of the principles he stood for, to speak truth to power and to continue to build on his legacy of non- racism and equality for all.
Dr Faisal Suliman
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