SA needed a leader like Mandela - Zuma
10 December 2013, 18:02
Johannesburg - If the apartheid government had its way
people would have been burned for even thinking about former president Nelson
Mandela, President Jacob Zuma said at his memorial at FNB Stadium in Soweto on
"Madiba was in the minds of all of us for 27
years... and he inspired us every day," said Zuma.
"For 27 years, the South African people spoke of him
in hushed tones... He had unique leadership. He started negotiations with the
enemy while in prison. He negotiated for the release of his fellow prisoners
before his own release."
His release from Victor Verster Prison was one of the
most remarkable moments, said Zuma, adding that the world had come to a
"This tall and imposing figure walking out; South
Africa needed a leader like Mandela."
When Zuma said Mandela had brought the country out of
catastrophe, the crowd held up colourful umbrellas.
Some of them seemed to be losing interest in the
"Madiba's love for peace was also evident in the
work he did on the continent," said Zuma.
Zuma also announced that the amphitheatre at the Union
Buildings will be renamed the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre.
"Tomorrow our people will accompany Madiba on his
last journey to the seat of government where his body will lie for three
days," said Zuma.
Friends, colleagues, comrades and family of Nelson
Mandela are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle
for him, on his profile at Remembered.co.za.
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