The Wanderers Cricket stadium where thousands are attending the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is to be delivered by former US President Barack Obama. Picture: Siphelele Dludla / ANA

Johannesburg - Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, on Tuesday urged all South Africans to find former president Nelson Mandela's qualities and leadership within themselves, and to ensure that they live up to the legacy he left behind. 

"Let us find the Madiba in each of us. Let us be the legacy. Let us restore purpose, dignity and strength to our country," Ndebele said.

"This is the biggest Nelson Mandela lecture that we have held. The late Ahmed Kathrada, a former trustee of the foundation, always wanted to host the lecture in a stadium. He has finally got his wish." 

The 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will be delivered by former United States of America President Barack Obama to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth. 

Ndebele said that Obama's administration gave people around the world hope even though Obama was tested to the limit when he was president of America.

Billionaire and philanthropist Patrice Motsepe also agreed with Ndebele, saying that Obama represented the best of the United States and the world. 

Motsepe decried the levels of curruption both in the public sector and in the public sector, saying that government and business need to work together to fight against the scourge. 

"In most cases in order to have a corrupt politician you need an equally corrupt business person. Corruption is often initiated by business people," Motsepe said.

Obama will later deliver the 45-minutes lecture at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium where about 15,000 people are. In attendance. 

African News Agency/ANA