6 December 2018
Government commemorate the fifth anniversary of the passing of Nelson Mandela
Government calls on all South Africans, international communities and civil society to play their part in recognizing and emulating the values of the first democratic President of South Africa , Nelson Mandela, as the country commemorates the fifth anniversary of his passing on 5 December 2013.
This year Madiba would have turned 100 years had he lived. President Cyril Ramaphosa declared 2018 the year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in his State of the Nation Address.
In remembering Madiba, South Africans will recall his unwavering dedication to democracy, selflessness, reconciliation, service to humanity and a better life for all. Through his dedication to the service of humanity, South Africans remain inspired to become a truly united and prosperous nation.
Nelson Mandela left an indelible mark on society having laid the foundation for a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society. His legacy lives on in a commitment to ensure a just and fair society for all, including the rights to dignity and freedom of expression.
“As we commemorate the 5th year anniversary of his passing, during his centennial year, government urges the public to stay true to Madiba’s ideals, including his unwavering commitment to justice, equality and non-racialism.
All South Africans have a responsibility to promote freedom and defend our democracy in honour of Madiba’s life-long commitment to these ideals. We call on all South Africans and our international friends to observe five minutes of silence on 5 December as we remember Nelson Mandela.,”said GCIS Acting Director-General Phumla Williams.
People can honour Madiba’s memory by sharing their fond memories of him and by wearing a Mandela t-shirt today or donating books or toys to a child in need and share the former President’s passion for helping children. The public is urged to post photos, videos, stories, favourite quotes and pictures on social media using the hashtag #RememberingMandela.
The collective actions of honouring Madiba’s memory will be a commitment to Make everyday a Mandela Day by giving to those in need.
“As we remember Madiba and in marking the centenary of his life, we have an opportunity to reflect on the legacy and values he had left with us,” added Williams.
Through Madiba’s values and dedication to the service of humanity, South Africans should remain inspired to become a united and prosperous nation.
All South Africans have a responsibility to promote freedom and defend democracy in honour of Madiba’s ideals.
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