Ramaphosa reminds how Madiba loathed corruption

2014-07-17 00:00

DEPUTY President Cyril Ramaphosa last night asked South Africans to try to be like Nelson Mandela.

“Let us all individually try to emulate this great son of South Africa,” Ramaphosa told hundreds at an ANC event to reflect on the legacy of Mandela in Durban.

The event was part of events the ruling party organised ahead of the celebration of international Mandela Day tomorrow.

He said they would have loved to have shared the moment with Mandela.

“We thank him dearly for having led our struggle and for having ensured he leaves us with the legacy of freedom.”

Ramaphosa also said Madiba had left a “weighty legacy” and urged his audience to take the “struggle forward to unite our people and radically transform our society and advance the development of our country”.

He added: “As we’re reflect on his life this is what we need to ask ourselves: what is it that each one of us dedicate our lives to.”

Mandela was a strong and decisive leader who calmed the country when it was on brink of civil war in the aftermath of Chris Hani’s assassination.

“You will remember the country was on a knife edge. It was in that moment when Nelson Mandela became de facto president of South Africa because (FW) de Klerk was not able to lead the country.”

Ramaphosa said Madiba never sought fame nor personal advancement.

“Madiba loathed corruption, wastage of public resources and self enrichment … He saw how these types of tendencies further impoverished our people and eroded our social fabric.”

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