Learning in prison
STUDENTS can look to Nelson Mandela as an example of how to study under difficult circumstances, Stellenbosh University rector and vice- chancellor Russel Botman said yesterday.
“For our country’s youth and our university’s students there is no better example than Dr Mandela,” he said.
“Difficult circumstances did not deter him from completing his studies, and as a principled leader he dedicated his life to democracy and justice, even when it was to his own detriment.”
Botman said the university honoured Mandela with a Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa degree in 1996 because he was a symbol of empowerment through learning.
Mandela’s widow Graça Machel also received an honorary doctorate.
“Our country owes Dr Machel a debt of gratitude for her supporting role in the period after Madiba’s release…” Botman said. – Sapa