‘My grandad loved, guided all of us’
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