Madiba tribute: Cyril Ramaphosa

By Kirstin Buick
06 December 2013

Cyril Ramaphosa pays tribute to Nelson Mandela.

POLITICAL ACTIVIST, DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE ANC

What makes Madiba happy is to see our people happy; to see our people leading a better life. Everything that he did in power wasn’t for self-glory, it was out of a genuinely felt concern that the people of our country should have better lives.
'His has been a life well lived.'

Madiba himself has led a very simple life: his house and nearly everything he has is simple, like a cloth that is cut according to his needs. He could have been the wealthiest man in this country, but he has led a simple life and he’s wanted other people to have a similar life and that has been his main objective. That’s what makes him happy – that and his grandchildren. His has been a life well lived.

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Extracted from Mandela: The Authorised Portrait 

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