Lot of pressure in carrying Mandela name – Ndaba Mandela

2013-12-12 08:32

Ndaba Mandela has spoken about the pressure of responsibility in carrying the Mandela name.

“It’s a lot of pressure because this is arguably the greatest man that ever lived, the best that ever did it,” the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela was quoted as saying by BBC World News yesterday.

He told the television channel it was time to work together as a family including those he had a public disagreement with.

“It’s a time for us to work together as a family in unity because that it what our grandfather would have wanted to see – his grandchildren coming together during this time of hardship.”

He said it would give them as family an honour to make sure they stood together proudly and gave him a dignified sending off.

Ndaba Mandela told the channel they were happy to be organising to put Madiba to rest in Qunu where he had always wanted to be.

“That is where he grew up. That is where he has his fondest memories, his first memories as a child. So we are happy also because this is going to be something that we are able to organise and stipulate.”

His grandfather would have been humbled to see such an outpouring of love from all over the world.

Ndaba Mandela described President Barack Obama’s speech as powerful.

“I think he’s a man that has mastered his oratory skills. Very well educated as we know, a very good speech maker and he’s able to whip up the crowd.”

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