AU Commission extols Mandela’s virtues

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) has paid tribute to the heritage of former South African president Nelson Mandela, particularly his struggle for democracy, freedom and equality throughout the continent.

Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Director of the AUC, said Mandela remained an icon of wisdom for his ability to change things and his power of reconciliation.

He said: “Life and what we leave behind us in terms of motivation, inspiration and engagement, are the best legacies an African can leave for his children."

“Mandela learnt very early in his life to live in a society that did not acknowledge his existence, that denied his human condition and his dignity, that ridiculed his freedom, refusing any opportunity and relegated him to the second level,” Mwencha said.

He emphasized that despite such conditions, Mandela struggled by creating opportunities where there were none, and became successful thanks to his constant devotion, his faith, his vision and his determination to liberate his people and humanity.

According to him, the greatest gift that Mandela leaves to humanity is sacrifice, love and respect.

“Since he came out of prison in 1990 until his death, the greatest lesson he taught the world was freedom for all, a freedom that goes beyond individual freedom and transcends the human being”, the Deputy Director of AUC underlined.

Regarding Mandela’s legacy to Africans, the AUC representative said the former South African president struggled for Africa to progress, adding that even if his death represented a big loss for Africa, the continent had inspired itself from his life and his legacy in the sense that it had proved it possible, even in difficult times, to bring change in peace and stability.

"Mandela showed us that 'We' is more important that 'Me'. His political life is symbolized by 'We'. He has rendered South Africa politically sustainable after apartheid in a process of peace and reconciliation,” Mwencha declared.
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08 december 2013 13:08:11

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