Madiba’s example makes us want to do good, say grandchildren

2013-12-15 10:40

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Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Nandi, says her grandfather’s kindness made all around him do good.

Speaking on behalf of Mandela’s grandchildren and great grandchildren at his funeral today, Nandi said the family was proud of Madiba’s achievements.

“We also want to make him proud and want to emulate his kindness by following in his example and lessons. Madiba cared immensely for the less privileged,” she said.

She said as family they had learnt valuable lessons from their grandfather, who provided for his family and made sure they got quality education.

Nandi praised Madiba for his humility and accountability but said there were other sides to Madiba’s personality that most people were not accustomed to.

“He was a mischievous person. One day he asked this certain young lady what her daughter thought about (grandson) Ndaba and whether she did not think he was handsome.”

Nandi said Madiba was also fun to be around and a great storyteller who would share stories during dinners even if they made fun of him.

She said Madiba was also very strict and would make his grandsons Mbuso and Ndaba pick up clothes they had thrown on the floor.

Nandi said Madiba’s own story was a great one as he was raised from poverty in Mvezo, walking barefoot to school, to become the greatest statesman in the world.

She said his love for children was immeasurable.

“We will miss your voice, smile and laughter,” she said.

Ndaba Mandela then recited Madiba’s famous speech which he read from the dock during the Rivonia trial.

Ndaba said that even after he retired from office, Mandela still got involved in efforts to try and change the world and to address South Africa’s social ills.

“His life represented the triumph of the human spirit,” Ndaba said, before saluting him, “Ah! Dalibhunga.”

The funeral is set to end at noon.

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