Johannesburg - The teachings of former president Nelson Mandela will guide generations to come, the South African Human Rights Commission said on Friday.
“To his end, his words and deeds become increasingly relevant to the rest of us,” spokesperson Isaac Mangena said in a statement.
“His teachings will continue to guide generations to come and will forever remain in the hearts and minds of everyone, young and old, black and white, rich and poor.”
He said Mandela had set the tone for human rights in South Africa and abroad.
“The commission celebrates Madiba, as South Africa's foremost human rights activist, who asserted and inspired human rights not just in South Africa but across the world.
“We celebrate the life of this once aspirant and distinguished human rights activist, who selflessly, and until the end of his life advocated for the culture of human rights in South Africa and the world.”
Mangena said many South Africans had become aware of their rights because of Mandela.
“Many South Africans attribute the right to freedom we enjoy today to him and his generation of women and men who fought for and asserted our right to dignity,” he said.
“To Madiba's family... the SAHRC wish you strength and courage to help you go through this difficult and challenging moment of your lives. Thank you for sharing Tata with the people of South Africa and the world.”
Mandela died on Thursday night at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home surrounded by family. He was 95. - Sapa