Mandela Day: Ramaphosa urges South Africans to promote peace

Mandela Day: Ramaphosa urges South Africans to promote peace

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to be “agents of peace” in remembrance of former president Nelson Mandela.  

Nelson Mandela sitting near prison bed

The United Nations declared the former statesman's birthday Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009.

People are urged to celebrate Madiba’s birthday by dedicating 67 minutes of their time to assisting those in need.   

The 67 minutes represent the years that Mandela fought for human rights and the abolishment of apartheid.

In his weekly newsletter, President Ramaphosa said we should learn from Madiba and be agents of peace. 

“Striving for peace in the world, for an end to conflicts everywhere, and for a true international fellowship of humankind are the ideals that Nelson Mandela stood for. They were relevant when he was a statesman on the world stage, and they are even more relevant today with many parts of our continent and the world embroiled in conflict”.  

“As South Africa, we hold fast to the idea that a better world can be achieved through engendering peace. This derives from negotiation and compromise over violence, the use of force and resorting to war. South Africa’s contribution to world peace is through supporting societies in conflict, and this is largely as a result of the Nelson Mandela legacy.”


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