YCLSA mourns Mandela

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This file photo from 1994 shows Nelson Mandela.

Johannesburg -

The Young Communist League of SA said on Friday it was saddened by the death of former president Nelson Mandela.

“The YCLSA learned with great sadness last night of the passing away of a revolutionary freedom fighter... leader of the ANC and of South Africans,” spokesman Khaya Xaba said in a statement.

“Tata Mandela’s peaceful passing, although after a long illness, remains a wound in the hearts and minds of South Africans of all race, class and gender....

“Tata’s death also comes a few months before the 20th anniversary of our democratic dispensation and on the eve of the fifth national general elections next year.”

Xaba said that although Mandela had dedicated most of his life to the unity of the country, the social ills of apartheid were still prevalent.

“In the name and legacy of Nelson Mandela, the mantle of (the) struggle falls on the current generation of youth to take forth the struggle to build the type of society that Nelson Mandela said he was prepared to die for,” said Xaba. - Sapa

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