In a message to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the bereaved family yesterday and signed by the President Abdulwaheed Omar, NLC said Mandela was a “rare and uncommon breed whose demise will certainly create a void difficult to fill not only in South Africa but around the world.”
NLC prayed that the death of Mandela will continue to unite South Africans according to the words of President Jacob Zuma, who described him as ‘the glue that held South Africa together’.
Recalling his struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa which led to his incarceration in prison, Omar said Mandela showed ingeniuty in his policy of national reconciliation through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“The world was spell-bound. But Mandela was not yet done. He left office after one term, sending a strong signal to sit-tight rulers, especially in Africa.
“Mandela was a remarkable man. In spite of a turbulent political career and a tumultuous family life, he created happiness for himself and inspired millions of others. Failing health did not deter him from condemning evil, injustice, oppression or exploitation wherever it was found in the world.”
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