The United Democratic Front gathered out in numbers at the Nelson Mandela statue on the Union Buildings grounds to remember the former President of South Africa and anti-apartheid activist.
Party leaders officially visited the Mandela Statue to honour the freedom fighter and global icon, who is described by the UDF leaders as a universal symbol of peace and freedom.
Party members have said that the sculpture will capture hearts and inspire people all over the country, as well as give back to the community.
Popo Molefe who is a convener for the UDF, stated that Nelson Mandela represents the cardinal democratic principles and values that today underpin the principles of the Republic of South Africa.
“These values of Nelson Mandela are the values that inspired the United Democratic Front. They were embraced and enshrined in the declaration of the UDF.”
“Today is a day when South Africans remember their first president, Nelson Mandela. Who assured us of a new democratic era for non-racialism and equal society?” said Zusipe Bayti, Communications Manager for the Ahmed Kathadra Foundation.
He furthered by guiding young people to follow the leadership of Nelson Mandela because it is the kind of leadership that is needed. Mandela is the symbol of hope that we should all look up to.
Murphy Morobe, UDF convener said that “40 years of UDF speaks about key values and we are calling for active citizenry, accountability, and transparency.
“Coming to the statue of Nelson Mandela is to reconnect with our history and activate our activism,” Morobe concluded.