Zille: Continue Mandela's legacy

2013-12-09 17:30

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Cape Town - Nelson Mandela liberated all South Africans, but every new generation must ensure that freedom remains a reality, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said on Monday.

Paying tribute to the former president in a special parliamentary sitting, Zille quoted the widow of US civil rights hero Martin Luther King jnr, Coretta Scott King.

"Mrs King said the struggle for freedom is never finally won. You earn it and win it in every generation."

Zille said Mandela made the country and the world a better place through service and sacrifice and it was remarkable to see grief at his death reverberate around the world.

"And we must now ask: how do we earn the freedom he bequeathed us? Time will heel our pain, what must remain and indeed what must grow within us is a sense of the enormous responsibility we have inherited to continue his work.

"He has handed the baton to us and we dare not drop it," she said.

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