'We will take Mandela's legacy forward,' says Zuma

2013-12-15 14:14
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Qunu - President Jacob Zuma undertook on Sunday to take forward former president Nelson Mandela's legacy at his state funeral in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape.

Zuma said Mandela had made tremendous strides in gender equality, giving it prominence and seriousness under his presidency.

"[This led] to an increase in the number of women in public office, especially Parliament and Cabinet," Zuma said.

"We dare not reverse your achievements in this regard.

"As your journey ends today, ours must continue in earnest. One thing we can assure you of today Tata is, as you take your final steps, is that South Africa will continue to rise."

Mandela's abiding revolutionary spirit would prevail on the country not to rest until the poor and working class had truly benefited from the material fruits of freedom and democracy for which he had fought.


"Therefore, today we undertake to take forward the [promise] of an improved quality of life for all," the president said.

"We commit to work more intensely to deal a decisive blow against persisting poverty, unemployment, and inequality.

"We pledge to take your vision forward for good schools, hospitals, quality housing, utilities, decent jobs and working conditions as well as efficient and accountable public service."

Learning from Mandela, education would continue to be used as a weapon to improve the quality of life and bring about change through investing in the development of children and the youth.

"You love children dearly," Zuma said.

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on 5 December. He was 95.

A memorial service was held at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

His body was flown to the Eastern Cape on Saturday.
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