We will meet again - Mandla Mandela

2013-12-14 09:06
Mandla Mandela (File, AFP)

Mandla Mandela (File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Johannesburg - Watching the public pay homage to former president Nelson Mandela showed the future is bright, his grandson Mandla Mandela said on Saturday.

"For the past three days I have sat with my grandfather while he was lying in state [at the Union Buildings in Pretoria].

"I have witnessed his army. I have witnessed his people. I have witnessed ordinary citizens... and I can assure the ANC that the future of this country looks bright," Mandla Mandela said at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria during a special ANC ceremony to pay tribute to the global icon.

"There is still a long way to go and we will meet again on freedom day."

Mandla Mandela also recited his grandfather's clan names and gave a royal salute at his coffin, reciting "Aaah! Dalibhunga", the traditional royal greeting, three times.

Earlier, in a move characteristic of his grandfather, he began his address with a joke, telling the audience that when he was nine-years-old he believed himself to be very popular because people were always shouting "Amandla" and "Viva Mandela".

He then greeted President Jacob Zuma, former president Thabo Mbeki, the leadership of the ANC, the tripartite alliance, his grandfather's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandla, and widow Graca Machel.

He read the official obituary of his grandfather, who died at his Houghton home in Johannesburg last Thursday, at the age of 95.

Machel at times followed a printed version of the obituary as Mandla Mandela read it.

Golden diamond

Madikizela-Mandela sat with her hands on her lap, looking down throughout.

Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli recited a poem in honour of Mandela and other struggle stalwarts.

Mbuli called Mandela a golden diamond that had gone through the fires of time and also thanked the women who had waited for their men during apartheid, trapped in the "dungeons of hell".

Earlier, SA National Civic Organisation representative Ruth Bhengu thanked both Machel and Madikizela-Mandela, saying "We thank Mama Winnie for the support she gave to Tata. We also want to thank Mama Graca for caring for Tata until the end".

Addressing Mandela, Bhengu said: "You have taught us to be responsible citizens... Those are the things that you taught us Tata and we will carry on where you left off".

SA Communist Party second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila said Mandela would always be remembered as a revolutionary servant.

Mandela's body will be flown from the base to the Eastern Cape later on Saturday morning. He will be buried in Qunu, where he spent most of his childhood, on Sunday.

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.

- Share your memories of Nelson Mandela with us.


Read more on:    winnie  |  nelson mandela  |  mandla mandela  |  jacob zuma

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


Zuma: Pray for peaceful polls

President Jacob Zuma has asked members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God to pray for peaceful elections on 7 May.


Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
  • Friday Grabouw - 11:32 AM
    Road name: N2 Eastbound
    DELAYS between Sir Lowrys Pass and Grabouw
  • Friday Cape Town - 10:14 AM
    Road name: M3 Inbound
    EVENT - left lane closed between Rhodes Avenue and UCT
More traffic reports...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Canon EOS 600D

The Canon EOS 600D Digital Camera puts the widely respected...

From R5389.95

I'm shopping for:


You may find yourself putting in that extra effort on looking good and making an impression. ...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.