Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has called on all South Africans to recommit to unity and working together to build South Africa and to keep Madiba’s legacy alive.
President Zuma on Monday reminded all citizens that former President Nelson Mandela, who was the first President of a free and democratic South Africa, left behind a rich legacy of building a dynamic young nation, from the ashes of apartheid.
President Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba, passed away on 5 December 2013.
“President Mandela taught us to unite and to love and respect one another as South Africans. He also taught us to build friendly relations with our neighbours and the international community as a whole,” said President Zuma.
He said a lot of good work has been done towards building a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.
President Zuma further said the road ahead remains long and full of challenges given the unending economic slowdown globally and locally, and the need to continue building a better life for and with citizens.
“There is indeed a lot more hard work to be done, as we move towards the ideal society he envisaged when he said let there be bread, water and salt for all.
“Today, on the anniversary of Madiba’s sad passing, let us recommit ourselves to unity, and to working together to build our country, regardless of whatever political differences we may have.
“Let us work harder than ever, to make South Africa a success story that generations to come will be proud of.”
Later today, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected be amongst guest speakers who will address the 4th anniversary of late former President Mandela’s passing.