Learn­ing in prison

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NELSON MANDELA 1918-2013 -

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

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