Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela gave hope to marginalised people around the world, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Friday.
“A symbol of hope for the oppressed and marginalised people across the globe, former president Mandela dedicated his life in service of humanity and contributed immensely to the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world,” her office said in a statement.
Just before midnight on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela, 95, had died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg.
Nkoana-Mashabane paid tribute to Mandela's leading role and long service in support of Africa's struggle for liberation and unity, and his work for the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic South Africa.
“Former president Mandela will always be remembered worldwide for his values and dedication to the service of humanity in the fields of conflict resolution, reconciliation, the promotion and protection of the rights of children, gender equality and the uplifting of the poor.”
In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed July 18, Mandela's birthday, as annual “Nelson Mandela International Day”.
Since then, millions of people around the world had celebrated the day by giving their time to do community service.
“Through his extraordinary actions and personality, Madiba remains a moral compass that all of us will forever look up to,” said Nkoana-Mashabane. - Sapa