Celebrate Mandela's life - Molewa

2013-12-10 21:50
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Mvezo - Former president Nelson Mandela's life must be celebrated, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Tuesday.

"He has given his life and we must all celebrate it: a life well-lived," she said in Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, at the public broadcast of the memorial service at FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg.

Although it was a sad time for the country, Mandela's work and legacy had to be celebrated and taken forward, she said.

"He would never stop fighting for those who have nothing. Let us mobilise with one another for the ideals this great man lived by."

Molewa said the current crop of leaders should do what Mandela wished and wanted.

"We must work on ensuring people get education, eradicate poverty and work for the people."

The country should be proud it had a leader of Mandela's calibre.

The numbers of locals watching the memorial service slowly increased after a slow start to the day.

Shortly after 14:00, the crowd grew.

People wrapped themselves in blankets to protect themselves against the cold.

Children played while their parents listened to the speakers paying homage to the former president.

Friends, colleagues, comrades and family of Nelson Mandela are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at Remembered.co.za.

- Share your memories of Nelson Mandela with us.

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