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Germany honours Madiba

M Matshoba

The ANC applauds Germany for her intention to honour the late anti-apartheid stalwart and former president Nelson Mandela with a personalised postal stamp, thus making him the first statesman outside of Germany to be honoured by the powerful European country.

This honour is befitting, as it takes place in the year in which South Africa and the world is celebrating 100 years since the birth of the father of our nation and icon of our struggle.

The world recognises the importance to pay tribute for the contribution that he made during the time-span of his life, to the struggle for freedom and the cause of building humane social relations across the globe. Let us all be inspired by the life of uTata Mandela and his generation, always remembering that ours is to emulate Madiba's legacy of selflessness, sacrifice and commitment to the realisation of his vision of a united South Africa in which all live in peace with equal rights and opportunities.

I thank you

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