Johannesburg- Singer and actress Marah Louw has described late struggle icon Nelson Mandela as someone who represented peace and also touched many lives.
The entertainer is attending the 16th Nelson Mandela Lecture at Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Illovo on Tuesday.
Former US president Barack Obama is expected to deliver a lecture about Mandela around 2:45pm.
Louw, who had at some point in her career performed for Mandela, said the late statesman touched many lives, including hers. She also said it was because of him that she was able to achieve what she did in her career.
"He touched a lot of us. It is a privilege to have known and performed for Tata. His legacy means so much to me. I can boast about the achievements I have because of him. He taught us to understand each other. He taught us about forgiveness and peace. He taught us patience and tolerance," she said.
Louw said she was looking forward to hear Obama speak. "I would like to hear him say all the good things about Madiba. I am proud of Obama. I am his biggest fan," Louw said.