Veterans honour Nelson Mandela

2011-11-14 21:33

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela and ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada were honoured by the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association on Monday, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said.

The two were lauded for their role in the liberation struggle, at a ceremony held in Johannesburg celebrating the 50th anniversary of the armed wing of the African National Congress, spokesperson Sello Hatang said.

In his acceptance speech, Kathrada dedicated his award to those who did not survive.

Ndileka Mandela accepted the award on behalf of her grandfather, said Hatang.

Mandela, who was the first commander-in-chief of MK, and Kathrada, were jailed for life at the Rivonia trial on June 12 1964.

The MK veterans' 50th anniversary celebrations would continue until 16 December 2012.

  • Phuti - 2011-11-14 22:33

    They shud also honour Mr Malema for being the only man with a clear vision about the problems in S.A

      Mike - 2011-11-14 22:48

      Everybody knows what the problems are, we want someone who has workable solutions to the problems and not some outdated ideological rhetoric learned parrot fashion without vision, insight and a learned understanding how to implement those solutions, so no prizes for the losers!

  • mastersvoice - 2011-11-14 22:48

    Two true heroes of South Africa! It must be devastating to them to witness the ANC's fragmentation due to greed and corruption, especially from the younger so-called "leaders" like Malema. These leeches, together with power-hungry people like Sexwale, Winnie and Zuma, have turned the ANC into a club for political fat-cats. We can only hope the true leaders of the ANC will stand up and turn this sad state of affairs around and get rid of the rabble. Assuming, of course, that there are true leaders left in the organization.

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