‘My gran­dad loved, guided all of us’

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

NEL­SON Man­dela’s grand­son Mandla was strength­ened by the knowl­edge his grand­fa­ther was fi­nally rest­ing, he said yes­ter­day.

“All I can do is thank God I had a grand­fa­ther who loved and guided all of us in the fam­ily,” Mandla Man­dela said.

“The best les­son that he taught all of us was the need for us to be pre­pared to be of ser­vice to our peo­ple.”

He said the late states­man was the em­bod­i­ment of strength, strug­gle and sur­vival.

As a grand­fa­ther, Man­dela would be re­mem­bered as kind­hearted, gen­er­ous and wise.

Mandla Man­dela ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional sup­port his fam­ily had re­ceived dur­ing Man­dela’s long bat­tle with ill-health.

“We in the fam­ily recog­nise that Madiba be­longs not only to us but to the en­tire world. The mes­sages we have re­ceived since last night have heart­ened and over­whelmed us.”

He thanked the gov­ern­ment, the ANC and the doc­tors who were in charge of Man­dela’s health.

“We are now pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate his con­tri­bu­tion to this coun­try, to the world and to our fam­ily. Cel­e­brat­ing his long life is the best ac­co­lade we can give him,” Mandla Man­dela said.

Man­dela had been in and out of hos­pi­tal over the past few years and spent al­most three months in a Pre­to­ria hos­pi­tal for a lung in­fec­tion ear­lier this year. – Sapa

GRAT­I­TUDE: Madiba’s grand­son Mandla Man­dela

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