SA not lost without Mandela - Modise

2013-12-09 20:48
Thandi Modise (Picture: Beeld)

Thandi Modise (Picture: Beeld)

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Cape Town - North West Premier Thandi Modise said the people of her province were saddened by the loss of Nelson Mandela but his example meant they were not lost.

"The mood in the North West is sad, it is not hopeless. We are not lost," she told a special joint sitting of Parliament in honour of Mandela.

"We may be disappointed that perhaps Madiba went before we proved to ourselves and to him that the sacrifice he had made was not in vain, that the lives of South Africans are changing every day for the better."

She said Mandela had given people "their names and their jobs and their dignity" and they felt compelled to stay true to his values and his example.

"We are proud that Madiba was a great but humble leader. He was not flawless but he is one leader who taught us in the African National Congress that courage is actually your ability to rise up and to strive for greater heights every time you stumble."

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