Kathrada: Remember Mandela's sacrifices

2013-07-18 18:46
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As part of their Mandela day drive, Airports Company South Africa took 67 matric learners from the disadvantaged areas surrounding CT International to Robben Island. We joined them.

Pretoria - Struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada on Thursday encouraged the nation to remember the sacrifices former president Nelson Mandela had made.

"Remember what Madiba stood for and sacrificed all his life..it's to build one united nation under one flag, under one anthem," he said.

Kathrada was speaking at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria as thousands of South Africans gathered to wish the ailing former statesman well.

Mandela was spending his 95th birthday in hospital after being admitted on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

The treason trialist and former Robben Island prisoner reminisced on the ideals Mandela had when he came out of prison to help shape the country going forward.

Kathrada said much still had to be done to achieve those ideals.

"There's a lot that one has to do, because the main message Madiba came out of prison with was his of non-racialism.

"That means you live in a country of various political beliefs," said Kathrada.

The principle was evident in how the country turned out.

"He [Mandela] said we have to live in the same country with the same people with the message of forgiveness, with the message of looking forward, reconciliation and going forward with a stronger united South Africa," said Kathrada.


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