3 July 2013
Government expresses its appreciation to all South Africans for their prayers and well-wishes for former President Nelson Mandela, and also commends the domestic media for the sensitivity shown whilst covering his stay at hospital.
Government has been touched by the flood of well wishes and prayers that have been offered at the Pretoria Heart Hospital. The public response has reflected the emotional mood of a country whose identity is so closely linked to the father of the nation.
Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams said, “The response by South Africans collectively displayed the values and unity of ubuntu, which are the cornerstone of our democracy. This sense of togetherness and belonging is one of the many legacies of Madiba and a demonstration that South Africa is truly a Rainbow Nation united in its diversity; as well as a demonstration of the leadership qualities of our icon.”
South Africans are urged to continue to pray for Mandela. “As a country, we need to uphold Tata’s ideals and celebrate his legacy of commitment and service for the improvement of conditions in South Africa and around the world,” said Williams.
Government calls on citizens to participate in Mandela Month by giving 67 minutes to contribute to the betterment of communities and worthy causes.
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