Monday, April 27, 2015

City of Cape Town honours Madiba for his legacy

Mbasa Gqokoma
27 April 2015

City of Cape Town is today honouring the legacy of former state president Nelson Mandela.

Spokesperson for the executive Mayor Zara Nicholson says the city is filled with exuberance and hope, as Nelson Mandela’s words signalled the start of our journey on the path to democracy.

Nicholson added that Cape Town has always had a special association with Nelson Mandela who felt a close affinity for the city in which he spent 27 years of his life as a prisoner.

Nicholson says” we are proud to honour tata Madiba today with the unveiling of the sculpture on Freedom Day.

This was donated to the City of Cape Town, and we believe it is an honour to Nelson Mandela by placing it at our iconic venue of the city hall where he made his first speech upon his release from prison on February 11th 1990.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance says, on the 27 April 1994, the chains of oppression in South Africa were cast off and freedom was felt for the first time.

DA national spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme says Nelson Mandela was a South African who worked every day for freedom.

Van Damme says our freedom came through peace overcoming violence, and through love overcoming hate.

A culture of Xenophobia is not the South African way, it is not the Madiba way.

Van Damme added said the DA is today in Bloemfontein to commemorate 21 years of our democracy and to honour the legacy our first president democratic South Africa Nelson Mandela.

The DA in Free State has laid flowers at Mandela statue just to say we need to be aware of where we come from as the country in order to progress, Van Damme added.






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