Remember Mandela’s principles - Sexwale

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Tokyo Sexwale has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and urged South Africans to follow his lead. File photo: Leon Nicholas

Johannesburg -

South Africans need to re-dedicate themselves to former president Nelson Mandela's principles, African National Congress stalwart Tokyo Sexwale said in Johannesburg on Sunday.

“The lips of the prophet are now sealed, he can no longer speak for himself,” Sexwale said on the sidelines of an interfaith prayer service at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton.

“This demands... that his disciples pick up the challenge.”

He said Mandela believed in dialogue, exchange and reconciliation.

People needed to keep fighting for democracy, for freedom of speech, for children, for the rights of women, as well against poverty and corruption.

“That's where we are now required, now that he can speak no more, to stand up and speak for him,” Sexwale said.

Mandela died at his Houghton home on Thursday night. He was 95.

A memorial will be held for the anti-apartheid icon at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday. He will then be given a state funeral in Qunu, Eastern Cape. - Sapa

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