Panafrican News Agency

UN Chief to deliver Mandela Day lecture

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – This year's Mandela Day lecture will be delivered by United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Saturday.

Messages of support from around the world have been received by the Nelson Mandela Foundation ahead of International Mandela Day. The world statesman would have been 102 on Saturday. He died in Johannesburg in 2013.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation will be hosting a virtual annual lecture that will be live from Johannesburg and the United Nations in New York City.

The foundation's spokesperson Luzuko Koti said this year’s event will be dedicated to the memory of Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of Nelson and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who died from COVID-19 this week.

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said it will commemorate Mandela's birth “in the knowledge that the goals he set for an inclusive and just society have not been achieved”.

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