Live up to Mandela, Clinton urges

2012-08-08 14:32

Cape Town - South Africa must live up to the legacy left by freedom icon Nelson Mandela by promoting human rights and democracy among its neighbours and around the world, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

Clinton challenged students at the University of the Western Cape to look beyond their borders and export their country's ideals as espoused by Mandela.

Clinton visited the 94-year-old Mandela at his home on Monday.

"You, the young generation, are called not just to preserve the legacy of liberty that has been left to you by Madiba and by other courageous men and women," she said.

Clinton told how Mandela had named three, white former prison warders who had treated him with dignity as his most important guests at his inauguration lunch after he was sworn as South Africa's first democratic leader in 1994.

"When I walked out of prison, I knew I had a choice to make, I could have bitterness and the hatred of what had been done to me... and I would still be in prison. Or I could begin to reconcile the feelings inside myself with my fellow human beings," she quoted Mandela as telling his guests.

"That is the true legacy of president Mandela - calling all of us to complete the work he started. To overcome the obstacles, the injustices, the mistreatments that everyone, every one of us will encounter at some point in our lives.

"You are called to build on that legacy to ensure that your country fulfils its own promise and takes its place as a leader among nations and as a force for peace, opportunity, equality and democracy, and to stand up always for human rights at home and around the world," Clinton said.

She received a standing ovation from the polite crowd in the packed auditorium. Outside, though, a small group of leftist students protested her appearance, chanting and carrying signs reading "Hands Off Africa."

Earlier on Wednesday, Clinton presided over the signing of an agreement with South African health officials that will put them in the lead in administering the President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief in the country.

The programme has spent $3.2bn on antiretroviral drugs, other treatments and HIV prevention programmes in South Africa since then-president George W Bush started it in 2004. The handover will be phased in over five years.

  • david.barkhuizen - 2012-08-08 14:58

    Personally, I think it is Hillary Clinton who needs to live up to the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-08 15:27

      And we don't?

      ThinkingChick - 2012-08-08 16:32

      Such double standards in this comment. We have a president with five wives and no idea how many offspring. A president who has slept with, who knows, how many people. Bill had a BJ. Hilary made the best of a really bad situation. Wake up.

  • kmaruma - 2012-08-08 15:06

    If US followed that advice, the world would be a safer place

      ThinkingChick - 2012-08-08 16:28


  • ruben.maistry - 2012-08-08 15:18

    Please tell this to parliament.These imbecils have lost the plot.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-08 15:20

    Just remind me- whose wife was it again who supported necklacing and got rid of a certain Stompie and ran a football club? All with the silent consent of her husband?

  • de.dafteen - 2012-08-08 15:30

    Why dont you live up to George Bush !

      ThinkingChick - 2012-08-08 16:28

      you are clueless. different political parties. genius.

      de.dafteen - 2012-08-08 17:02

      That is exactly why I said it u clueless thinking dump blond !

  • - 2012-08-08 15:38

    Is this the same country that until just recently considered our Madiba a terrorist????? Someone should tell Hillary to live up to Monica .. wahaaaaa

  • heihachi.mishima.7731 - 2012-08-08 15:44

    shut your mouth Clinton, you dont belong in Africa.Take your money with you, it will be misused in any case.

      ThinkingChick - 2012-08-08 16:33

      Great, so tell that to all the South African people who have benefited from American aid and are not dead from HIV/Aids as a result.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-08-12 12:54

      The West has given trillions in aid to the Third World, which has precious little to show for it.

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-08-08 15:54

    Isn't it ironic how friendly the ANC are towards certain white people when they are getting something from them. Look at the smiles on the pic. Not the ANC white citizens of SA knows.When you give us we like you otherwise go to

  • ThinkingChick - 2012-08-08 16:26

    Seriously? I see so many whining complaining comments on here. Let's get real - the US is our third biggest trade partner, has given us R30billion odd in Aids funding and medicine and happens to be the biggest power in the world still. You all think it's fine to disrespect the Secretary of State? Seriously? Based on what? We would all like Madiba's dream to be a reality, we would like to keep trading and getting aid money. I am fairly sure we would also not like to go down as the country that did nothing about Syria. What the hell, people?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-08 16:38

      Forgive them for they know not what they do. Truly, they have no idea what they are saying.

      de.dafteen - 2012-08-08 17:07

      nelson's reality is to enrich his own. Hillary was too stupid to know what her husband did behind her back or maybe she did know and was not prepared to smoke a cigar ! We dont need her and the US !! They need us and that is why she is here ! For no other reason !

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-08 17:11

      dafteen, clearly you have no idea how low on the priority-list SA is to the US.

      de.dafteen - 2012-08-08 17:16

      fred.fraser - i dont think you too well informed. They need us more than you think and is very worried that we already supply materials to Iran and now that we are very good friends with the "Brick" organization, they even more worried. So get your fact straight.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-08 18:50

      Unfortunately you're wrong. South Africa is a minor blip on the US radar.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-08-12 13:47

      Yet more money down the African rathole! More US dollars to corrupt third-world coffers! Why do Americans waste money on Foreign Aid to Africa? Africa’s plight is not the West’s fault, although, Western governments have compounded the continent’s problems through foreign aid. “The Heart of Darkness” that is Africa is a culmination of the failure of the people “to develop the faculties, attitudes & institutions” favourable to peace & progress. Clinton & US Congress will approve the transfer of funds, not their own, to a cause not of their making, and the South Africa government will dispose of the $billions in the same old way. In the past 40 years, Western governments have given Africa trillions of dollars. Yet Africa is even poorer than it was before the foreign aid began. Africa is currently receiving more than $25 billion in aid - a staggering number. Africa is living more out of a begging bowl, than it earns through its own efforts. No amount of foreign aid is going to make any difference. The reason for Africa's problems is the people's skill - or rather a lack thereof. That is why Colonialism was such a huge success. All Africa needed were a few million skilled whites and then suddenly everything started working - and the minute they left, it fell apart again. If the world wants to help Africa, then rather send in doctors or teachers. Africa's greatest prosperity occurred during the short of colonialism.

  • gitobun - 2012-08-08 16:27

    Here in Nairobi, Kenya Hillary Rodham Clinton urged President Kibaki and prime minister Raila Odinga to ensure free and fair election due early next year..She lectured us on good governance and sought to confirm the Obama's administration disatisfaction with the two key Hague bound suspects Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto running for presidency.She said that international community will isolate Kenya if the Hague indicted victims wre elected as the president of the Republic of Kenya..\r\nKenya has discovered oil and American presence is suspect.All she need is to out smart China in business rather than governance.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-08 17:17

    "The same Mandela who fell right at the feet of his international manipulators, by allowing himself to be bribed with international cudos, flattery, visits and trinkets. What the ANC cannot do is be Mandela 2.0, sacrifice African advancement at the altar of white sensebilities. SA has a vigorous young generation who finally challenges issues Mandela gingerly avoided. The rehabilitation of the arch "terrorist" Mandela as an honourable international figure, a spokes person and promoter of globalisation; Nobel Award, statues in London etc, sealed his status as the modern "Uncle Tom". It has been very agonising to see a leader of Mr Mandela’s stature and intelligence diminish himself for petty fame and honour bestowed on him by his ex-tormentors." [Fidel, in the US/Mandela thread] Thanks Fred, for saving my post!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-08 18:48

      Right now, in the US/Mandela thread, Fidel states that Nelson Mandela is an "Uncle Tom", a fake. This is how delusional Fidel's world is. One of the most revered leaders the world over, our own Nelson Mandela, is a fake. Fidel's obsessive and immature anti-West core belief even distorts his view of Nelson Mandela. I wonder what ANC members and voters (67% of South Africans) think of this.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-08 18:52

      Fidel is a member of the New Black Panthers, an ultra-racist, anti-White, anti-West political group. He is even anti-Nelson Mandela. Imagine that.

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