President Zuma receives Mandela’s condolence books

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has received thousands of condolence books from around the country and abroad, paying tribute to former President Nelson Mandela.

The Presidency on Tuesday said a total of 4 850 condolence books have so far been received from South African Embassies in countries outside South Africa, and 110 from provinces across South Africa. In addition, a total of 3 000 cards have been received from abroad.

Condolence books were placed around the country, including at the Union Buildings, Parliament, government departments, at South African missions abroad and at provincial government offices during the national week of mourning the passing of Madiba in December 2013.

President Zuma, who took time to peruse some of the books thanked all for taking their time to sign condolence books.

“I wish to thank all the people of South Africa and also the people of the world, for taking their time to sign condolence books and to pay tribute to our beloved world icon, Tata Madiba and to comfort his family,” he said on Tuesday which also marked the Mandela month.

July is dedicated to national humanitarian service in honour of Madiba and 18 July in particular, Madiba’s birthday, has been designated by the United Nations as International Mandela Day, a day on which citizens of the world dedicate their time to doing good work in the service of humanity.

“As we begin Mandela Month, let us make this a month of reflection and of building caring society which is dedicated to making this country a better place to live in, in memory of Madiba and all heroes and heroines of our struggle for liberation. Let us work together to build the South Africa that Madiba dreamed about and worked for,” said President Zuma.

President Zuma called upon all in South Africa to engage in a national Operation Clean Up, in the promotion of a clean, healthy and safer environment in honour of Madiba. -

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