Mandela’s long walk coming to an end, says FW de Klerk

2013-07-18 10:43

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

Former president Nelson Mandela is approaching the end of his long walk to freedom, fellow former president FW De Klerk has said.

“On his birthday, we should commemorate the remarkable contribution that he has made to South Africa and to all its people,” he said today.

“Today should be a time for quiet and respectful contemplation, and not for unseemly squabbling over the ownership of Mr Mandela’s heritage.”

Mandela remained in hospital today, which is his 95th birthday.

De Klerk said that despite Mandela being a loyal and stalwart ANC member, all South Africans could proudly call him their own.

He praised Mandela’s role in national reconciliation and the emergence of a democratic nation.

“Nelson Mandela’s place in South Africa’s history is assured. His legacy of courage, perseverance and magnanimity will continue to inspire us – and people throughout the world – for generations to come.”

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
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 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.