Mandela now with A-team, says Kathrada

2013-12-15 10:03


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Qunu - Former president Nelson Mandela has joined the A-team of the ANC and other prominent leaders, his friend Ahmed Kathrada said on Sunday.

"We are a country that has been blessed by many great and remarkable people," Kathrada, who was incarcerated with Mandela on Robben Island, told mourners at Mandela's funeral in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

"We have been blessed by a struggle that actively involved a massive [number] of people in our country. For all this and more, we are deeply grateful to Madiba."

Kathrada said South Africa was also deeply grateful, through the sacrifice made by Mandela, that the country was a lively democracy.

"We are grateful that dignity has been restored to all South Africans. We are deeply grateful that the lives of thousands of people have improved and continue to improve," he said.

"We are deeply grateful for a Constitution that encompasses all that is good in us."

He said that finally, they were grateful that each and every person, white, black, coloured and Indian, could all proudly call themselves South African.

Mandela died in his Houghton, Johannesburg, home on 5 December. He was 95.

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