It is with a deep and profound sadness that we join all South Africans and all people across the world in mourning the passing of our beloved Madiba.
This is a moment both of grief and reflection. We grieve the loss of an exceptional human being who taught us the values of courage, generosity, honesty, humility and selflessness. We reflect on a life dedicated to the achievement of freedom and dignity for all South Africans. We reflect also on the incredible journey that we have taken as a nation, led and inspired by Madiba.
Over the course of the next few days, we will have opportunity to express our sorrow at his passing and our appreciation for the rich legacy that he leaves. This is a loss we share, but also one which we each feel very personally.
At this moment, we are mindful of the words of the President: “Let us express, each in our own way, the deep gratitude we feel for a life spent in service of the people of this country and in the cause of humanity.”