On Nelson Mandela National Day of Remembrance
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP
President of the Inkatha Freedom Party
05 December 2014.
Today the thoughts of a nation, and of many of
our friends worldwide, turn to the legacy of Nelson Mandela. As we
commemorate a year since receiving the tragic news of his passing,
we have been urged to observe a period of silence followed by the
singing of our national anthem.
In that moment, let us remember the more noble aspects of South Africa’s story.
Let us set aside the contentions, divisions and
challenges that occupy so much of our attention in 2014, and
consider again the birth of our democracy. Despite the pains of
labour, the birth of democracy brought us the opportunity for hope,
reconciliation, unity and justice. These are alive wherever
The legacy of Nelson Mandela is synonymous with the birth of democracy. Thus, as we remember Madiba, we remember all that we struggled for and all that we won.
We also remember all that we must strive to protect, preserve and strengthen.
That is the responsibility our first democratic
President placed on our shoulders. In his memory, and for the sake
of our future, we must fulfil it.
Today should not be a day for sorrow. We miss
Madiba, but he will always be with us. He is part of our shared
story and each of us, no matter where we come from or what language
we speak, feels a sense of participation in honouring his legacy. He
continues to unite us, even now.
I treasure my own personal memories of my
life-long friend. My family and I remember Mandela the man, as well
as Mandela the statesman. He was a remarkable human being, on whom
history thrust an enormous task. Leaders from his generation who
still serve South Africa are honoured to continue this legacy. We
will do everything in our power to fulfil the responsibility of
strengthening democracy, so that the hope of unity, reconciliation
and justice will stay alive.
We thank you, Madiba.
IFP Media, Parliament