South African detainees pay tribute to Mandela

Beau-Bassin, Mauritius (PANA) – About 20 South African detainees presently serving their sentences in Mauritius, together with some Mauritians, on Monday night paid tribute to the memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela at the Central Prison, Beau Bassin, 10 km south of the capital.

Speaking to the detainees, the Commissioner of Prisons, Jean Bruneau, said “the life of this anti-apartheid hero has been an inspiration and his memory is a benediction that humanity would always remember".

The anti-apartheid hero, who died on 5 December aged 95, was buried on Sunday.

For his part, Archbishop Ian Ernest called on the detainees to follow the life of Mandela to be able to transform themselves as the great man did during the 27 years he was detained in a prison on Robben Island.

A South African lady detainee sang a song in the Xhosa language while cards with messages inspired by Mandela’s life were distributed to the detainees.
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17 december 2013 18:55:50

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