Mandela's legacy to live on - Abathembu chief

2013-12-09 13:27
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Mvezo - Former president Nelson Mandela's spirit and legacy will live forever, Abathembu Chief Khulekani Walter Mkhulisa said on Monday.

"Bathembu, this is a reunion. We will make sure his legacy lives forever," Mkhulisa said.

The Abathembu royal house, from KwaZulu-Natal, visited the Mandela family in Mvezo on Monday to celebrate Mandela's life.

"We are mourning the death of our icon and leader, [while] on the other hand we are celebrating his life," he said after a prayer service in Mvezo.

The visit was to inform the Mandela family they were not alone, as the nation and world was in mourning, said Mkhulisa, thanking South Africans for their messages of support.

He praised Mandela for his role in building the country.

"He managed to elevate to leadership when it was needed, but most importantly he never forgot where he came from.

"We want to express deep gratitude, for death has no other way to get used to."

The chiefs would meet the queen and other chiefs in Qunu to discuss plans for the week leading to Mandela's state funeral there on Sunday.

Another prayer session was scheduled to be held in Mvezo at 17:00 on Monday.

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