GIS – December 10, 2013: The former President of the Republic of South Africa and former Leader of the African National Congress, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, will be remembered for the stellar role he played in the dismantling of the abhorrent policy of apartheid in South Africa and also in the struggle for freedom of many countries in the world, says the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, in his condolence message following Madiba’s demise on 5 December 2013.
The message is addressed to all members of Mr Mandela’s family and to the Government of South Africa as well as the population of South Africa. Dr Ramgoolam is presently in South Africa to attend Madiba’s memorial service.
Madiba’s initiative in establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal a deeply traumatised country inspired the creation of a Truth and Justice Commission in Mauritius to help us come to terms with our own history of injustice and oppression, observes Dr Ramgoolam in his message.
‘The best tribute that the world can pay to him is to ensure that we perpetuate the legacy of this exceptional human being. His leadership and moral rectitude should guide all of us in transforming the world into a place where every single human being gets the opportunity to live up to his potential’, says the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister also recalls the meeting he had with Madiba during his State Visit to South Africa in February 1998.
‘We also treasure Madiba’s State Visit to Mauritius in September of the same year’, says Dr Ramgoolam. It was a privileged moment in the life of our Nation and an occasion for a rare outpouring of affection for this great man imbued with courage, conviction, integrity, humility and goodness. The people of Mauritius mourn with our brothers and sisters of South Africa as well as the rest of the world, the passing away of this extraordinary man, he adds.
The Mauritius Flag on all Government buildings is being kept at half-mast from sunrise to sunset since 6 December 2013 until 15 December, the date of the funeral.
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