Johannesburg - The South African government was overwhelmed by the local and global support it had received following the death of former president Nelson Mandela, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said.
“These demonstrations of love and affection will go a long way to entrenching our memories of Madiba and in shaping the way we live and work with one another as human beings in this country and beyond,” he said in Johannesburg on Sunday.
“What we have seen over the past few days reflects the true spirit of South Africa as a place where people of all backgrounds are working together to create a non-racial, non-sexist, prosperous society.”
Chabane said South Africa appreciated the willingness shown by people mourning, reflecting and celebrating Mandela's life and legacy.
He extended South Africa's thanks to the world for their “warm and generous responses”.
“These efforts are creating the hope that we will achieve even greater things than we have during the first 20 years of freedom,” he told reporters.
The government was also heartened by the positive response to Zuma's request that Sunday be observed as a day of prayer.
“We are aware that a large number of events are being held in South Africa and abroad today, giving people an opportunity to come together in fellowship and reflection,” said Chabane.
“We hope these events will bring comfort and healing to congregants and participants, and that it will inspire all of humanity to ensure that Madiba's values live on in our hearts and in our actions.” - Sapa