El­ders’ long walk for Madiba


The El­ders marked their 10th birth­day yes­ter­day by launch­ing #WalkTo­gether, a global cam­paign to help bridge the global fault-lines of divi­sion, hate and xeno­pho­bia. The El­ders is an in­ter­na­tional non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion of pub­lic fig­ures noted as el­der states­men, peace ac­tivists and hu­man rights ad­vo­cates who were brought to­gether by Nel­son Man­dela in 2007. Hun­dreds of lo­cal and for­eign peo­ple, in­clud­ing Sir Richard Bran­son, joined Man­dela’s widow Graça Machel and fel­low El­ders Martti Ahti­saari, Ri­cardo La­gos, Hina Ji­lani, Gro Brundt­land and Mary Robinson in a march down Cape Town’s Ad­der­ley Street to com­mem­o­rate Madiba’s birth­day yes­ter­day.

PRES­I­DEN­TIAL hope­ful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma says the youth should em­u­late Nel­son Man­dela’s values by hav­ing the nec­es­sary skills to con­trib­ute to the devel­op­ment of the coun­try.

Dlamini Zuma was speak­ing to The Star at Fingo Vil­lage in Gra­ham­stown yes­ter­day af­ter vis­it­ing Umkhonto weSizwe vet­eran Sindile Moyikwa’s home­stead.

Moyikwa, 59, died of nat­u­ral cause a few days ago. He will be buried on Satur­day.

Be­fore vis­it­ing Moyikwa’s home­stead, Dlamini Zuma vis­ited pa­tients at the nearby Temba TB Hos­pi­tal, where she in­ter­acted with them as part of her Man­dela Day ac­tiv­i­ties.

The for­mer African Union Com­mis­sion chair­per­son said Man­dela was an em­bod­i­ment of a leader who many could try to em­u­late.

“Com­rade Man­dela, to­gether with other com­rades that he worked with, taught us to love our coun­try.

“Our youth should em­u­late the work of Man­dela and many of our lead­ers by hav­ing nec­es­sary skills to develop the coun­try.

“Man­dela loved chil­dren and made every ef­fort to make sure that women are pro­tected from all forms of in­tim­i­da­tion and abuse.

“Man­dela taught us to love and pro­tect women and their chil­dren. We need to be pa­tri­otic and love one another as a coun­try,” Dlamini Zuma said.

Dlamini Zuma ad­dressed a pub­lic lec­ture on the African Agenda 2063, or­gan­ised by Rhodes Univer­sity’s de­part­ment of po­lit­i­cal and in­ter­na­tional stud­ies.

Africa Agenda 2063 is the AU’s strate­gic frame­work for the so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion of the con­ti­nent over the next 50 years.

It builds on, and seeks to ac­cel­er­ate, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of past and ex­ist­ing con­ti­nen­tal ini­tia­tives for growth and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.

Dlamini Zuma said it was time that Africans started to be­lieve in them­selves.

“As Africans we must change our mind­set and start to be­lieve in our­selves. It is pos­si­ble for us to build a pros­per­ous and peace­ful Africa. We all have to con­trib­ute to­wards that project,” she said.

At the Gra­ham­stown tour, Dlamini Zuma was ac­com­pa­nied by, among oth­ers, ANC pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Andile Lungisa, who is a staunch sup­porter of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

At the Moyikwa home­stead, Dlamini Zuma at­tended a short prayer ser­vice with fam­ily mem­bers and ANC veter­ans.

“Com­rade Moyikwa was a free­dom fighter. He fought for this coun­try and we are grate­ful of his con­tri­bu­tion to the South Africa we have to­day.”



SEE­ING THE PIC­TURE: Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma poses for pic­tures with ANC mem­bers in Fingo Vil­lage, Gra­ham­stown, dur­ing Man­dela Day cel­e­bra­tions yes­ter­day.

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