Take a leaf out of Nelson Mandela’s book – Cyril Ramaphosa

2014-07-16 21:20

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on all ANC members and South Africans to emulate Nelson Mandela’s progressive thoughts and actions in their daily lives.

Ramaphosa is acting president because President Jacob Zuma is in Brazil for the launch of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA (Brics) bank.

He was today speaking an ANC public debate on how best to commemorate Madiba’s legacy.

Ramaphosa told the packed Durban City Hall that Mandela’s life had been rich, varied and complex, and because of this, the former ANC president and Robben Island prisoner had “meant different things to different people’’.

However, Mandela had been a “product’’ of the ANC and while people tended to look at him “completely differently to the ANC’’ he had been “before all else a disciplined member of the ANC’’.

Ramaphosa spent some time charming the audience with anecdotes about Mandela’s life, drawing laughter when he told a story about how, when at home at Qunu, he had been forced to adjudicate a dispute between an elder woman and her neighbour who had eaten her chicken. The woman, Ramaphosa said, had been unwilling to accept the compensation as Mandela suggested, saying she wanted her chicken back.

“What an image,’’ he said.

Mandela, he said, had remained committed to his ideals of non-racialism, democracy and improving the lives of people because of his being rooted in the policies and principles of the ANC.

Ramaphosa said the challenge was to maintain the legacy of a man who hated corruption, wasteful government spending and abuse of power.

“We must ask whether we are on course to pursue the vision he so bravely pursued.’’

He said that while there were still many challenges, “much work’’ had been done in this regard.

Government, he said, needed to be more effective and more efficient to rise to deliver on fulfilling this legacy.

“Let us keep trying to live like him,’’ said Ramaphosa.

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