Buthelezi: Uphold Mandela's memory

2013-12-06 21:54
Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Picture: Die Burger)

Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Picture: Die Burger)

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Durban - IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi urged South Africans on Friday to uphold former president Nelson Mandela's legacy.

"May the Lord comfort us all and help us to uphold the memory of South Africa's most beloved leader," he said.

"The grief of a nation is palpable. The last few months have been difficult as we awaited news about Madiba's health and prayed for strength for the Mandela family."

Buthelezi said all people were mourning Mandela and his sympathy went out to those closest to him.

"So many knew and loved him... There will surely be many tears shed in the coming days in all corners of our country, and across the world."

He described Mandela as "a close friend, an inspired leader, and a complex character."

He and his wife sent their condolences to the Mandela family.

Meanwhile, Inkatha Freedom Party spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko said the IFP's national executive committee met on Friday afternoon and decided to suspend all political activities until after Mandela's funeral.

"The NEC resolved that, as a sign of respect to this great icon of our struggle and in response to the declared period of mourning, the party will suspend all political activities that had been scheduled and this suspension will go on until Dr Mandela has been laid to rest," he said.

- Share your memories of Nelson Mandela with us.

- Friends, colleagues, comrades and family of Nelson Mandela are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at Remembered.co.za.

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