Press Briefing by the ANC PTT,Provincial Secretary, Cde. Joy Matshoge on the Provincial Program on the Passing of Cde. Nelson Mandela

Press Briefing by the ANC PTT,Provincial Secretary, Cde. Joy Matshoge on the Provincial Program on the Passing of Cde. Nelson Mandela

7 December 2013

The ANC Limpopo, the entire staff and its supporters, learnt with shock and profound grief and sorrow, of the death of the African Giant, the ANC former President and first post-colonial South African President, Cde. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

The ANC Limpopo wishes to convey to the Mandela family, and the whole South African nation its heartfelt condolences on the untimely death of the son of the soil.

The late Cde. Mandela will be remembered for tirelessly and selflessly fighting for the liberation of our beloved country. Like others, Cde. Mandela bore the brunt of settlers colonial regime when he was incarcerated at the Robben Island for his political activities.

He played a pivotal role in the pre and post independent South Africa. The life of Nelson Mandela was a life well lived dedicated to the service of our masses and the world.

1. Cde. Nelson Mandela, died being a member and leader of the African National Congress, dedicated his life to the struggle for the liberation of our masses and the people of the world.

2. His humility, compassion and humanity earned him the love and respect of the people of world;

3. His abiding vision dedicated to the building of a united, democratic, non-racial and non-South Africa and just world order;

4. It was this selfless service that earned him the recognition as global statesman and the many accolades bestowed upon him including the esteemed Isithwalandwe-Seaparankwe, Member of the Order of Mapungubwe and the Nobel Peace Prize amongst many others

Comrade Nelson Mandela has left an indelible mark on humanity, ours now is to pick up the baton and continue where he left off. Together we have come far to build the South Africa and his generation envision. Daily we are confronted with challenges in delivering to our people the freedom Cde Mandela lived and died for. Much has been done however much more still remains to be achieved.

The fulfillment of his pledge to liberate our people from the continuing bondage of "poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination" must be the inspiration that guides our people during this time and beyond.

Cde. Mandela`s vision to bring about an equal and just society is the vision of the African National Congress, the two are inseparable. The African National Congress celebrates the life of President Mandela even during this difficult time. It is his life that gives us the courage to push forward for development and progress towards ending hunger and poverty. We say now as we said of him while he was still amongst us.

On behalf of the ANC Limpopo, I therefore present the Provincial Program of Action:

1. Members of the PTT and Regional Leadership will be deployed to all faith-based structures.

2. The provincial memorial service will be held on Thursday, the 12 December 2013, at 10h00, Peter Mokaba Stadium.

2. The regional memorial services will be held on Friday, the 13 December 2013,at 10h00.

2.1. Waterberg Region: Modimolle Municipality -OR Tambo Hall
2.2.Vhembe Region: Tshayadima Worship House
2.3. Mopane Region : Tivumbeni College, Tzaneen
2.4. Peter Mokaba Region: Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
2.5. Sekhukhune Region : Tubatse Municipality, C.N. Phatudi FET

The ANC encourages the public to gather at the below mentioned areas for the Funeral Service coverage on Sunday, 15 December 2013.

1. Waterberg Region. Modimolle, OR TAMBO
2. Vhembe Region, Shayandima Worship House
3. Peter Mokaba Region, Mankweng Community Hall
4. Mopane Region, Tivumbeni College
5. Sekhukhune Region, Moses Mabutha Civic Center, Fetakgomo

Churches Services tomorrow, 08 December 2013

1. Vhembe Region, Dr. T.S. Muligwe Rhema Bible Church, Thohoyandou
2. Mopane Region, Fountain of Life, Moses Shipalane,
3. Waterberg Region, Living Gospel CHURCH, Mogopong
5. Sekhukhuni Region, Apostolic Faith Mission, Practiseer
6. Peter Mokaba Region, Uniting Reform Church, Polokwane

As his family and South African nation and the province mourn Comrade Mandela`s death, may we all take solace in the knowledge that this noble ideals for which he steadfastly fought for, amongst them economic empowerment of our masses, will continue to guide and inspire present and future generations in South Africa and beyond.

We also convey our condolences to the passing of Baby Jake Matlala.

We are today launching the Condolences Book and lighting the candle for the province. Members of the public are invited to write their messages of support in the Book. The candle will burn until burial.

Sipho Dikgale
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