Political parties can honour former president Nelson Mandela by contesting the general election responsibly, without inflammatory statements, the KwaZulu-Natal legislature said on Friday.
“It is through such conducts that we will honour and celebrate his life and show the world that as we are about to celebrate the 20 years of our freedom, our democracy has matured with age,” said Speaker, Lydia Johnson.
She urged all political parties represented in the legislature and those who would contest the elections next year to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and refrain from inflammatory statements.
She said Mandela's death should encourage legislators to better serve the most vulnerable sectors of society.
President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela died on Thursday night at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, surrounded by family. He was 95. -Sapa