06 December 2013
The grief of a nation is palpable as we
receive the news of former President Nelson Mandela's passing.
The last few months have been difficult, as we awaited news
about Madiba's health and prayed for strength for the Mandela
family. We stood in support of Mrs Graša Machel, Nkosi Mandla
Mandela, Madiba's daughters and grandchildren, and all his
Now, we mourn with them. This is a loss to us
all. My sympathy goes to the Mandela family and to those who
were closest to this great man. So many knew and loved him, and
so many loved him having never even met. There will surely be
many tears shed in the coming days in all corners of our
country, and across the world.
Memories rise in this painful moment and, once
the initial shock subsides, I will put pen to paper to share how
I will remember Nelson Mandela. He was a life-long friend, an
inspired leader and a man of complex character. He was also a
friend of my family and I convey in this my wife's condolences
too, to Madiba's loved ones.
After his long journey in the service of the
country he loved, may Nelson Mandela now rest in peace. May the
Lord comfort us all and help us to uphold the memory of South
Africa's most beloved leader.