Condolences pour in on ANC website

2013-12-07 07:19
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Johannesburg - The ANC has dedicated its website to former president Nelson Mandela, allowing people world-wide to leave their messages of condolences.

The website was no longer in its signature yellow, green, and black colours.

The only information on the website about the African National Congress and its activities was related to the struggle icon, who died at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home on Thursday night.

Scores of messages were left on the website, including from Norway, Chile, Tanzania, Australia, India, Kenya, France, Bosnia, Germany, South Africa, and others.

Memories

Hamish Anderson from the United Kingdom wrote: "I remember the day Mr Mandela was released from prison (I was 13, living in Oxford, England). I rushed home to watch it on television.

"I remember not eating South African fruit and not banking with Barclays. I remember the day Mr Mandela came to Oxford to receive some kind of honour - my friends and I got on bicycles and headed into the town centre to find him. We cycled around asking people 'have you seen Nelson Mandela?'."

Chris van Heumen from the Netherlands wrote: "The death of Madiba has shaken me deeply. As a young journalist I had the honour of meeting this greatest man of our lifetime.

"He inspired me to go into politics and have strong and clear principles. Even nowadays as a businessman I try to be fair, honest and let morals guide me. We will miss you but not forget you."

Samuel Brett from South Africa wrote: "Rest in peace Tata Madiba! Hamba Kahle Great One! Thank you for fighting for my freedom. Long live your spirit!

"I'll always remind my children where this freedom of ours came from. You now had completed your Long Walk! Rest In Peace!"

Tim Barnden from the UK wrote: "Madiba inspired many in my generation in the UK to fight against injustice and racism.

"Some victories have been won. There are many more to be secured. He was our small axe, able to cut down the big tree. Deepest love and solidarity. Amandla!"

Symbol

Vince Breizmattazz from France wrote: "Dear Comrade Mandela receive the respect of a whole generation of French activists & trade unionists.

"For a lot of youngsters born in the seventies you were the symbol of strength and resistance.

"Your fight against fascism and inequality was an example that helped us to find our place in the society as conscious adults... Rest in peace! The struggle continues!"

The website also contained a gallery of Madiba's photographs, speeches, statements and letters he had written, a biography, and the icon's famous quotes.

Mandela died at the age of 95. He will be buried in his hometown of Qunu in the Eastern Cape next Sunday.

- Send us your memories and photos of Nelson Mandela.

- 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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