Mkiva: Madiba led with love

Nelson Mandela’s praise singer Zolani Mkiva says he learned a lot from the late statesman.

Tributes at former South African president Nelson Manadela's home following his death. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former president Nelson Mandela's praise singer Zolani Mkiva has described the late statesman as someone who led with love.

Madiba passed away on Thursday night at his Houghton home.

He was surrounded by his family.

Mkiva travelled with Madiba all over the world when he was Mandela's praise poet.

He told Radio 702 that he had mixed feelings.

"As we celebrate his life, we also mourn his passing. I don't know where to start. I followed Madiba around the country and around the globe. I learned many lessons from him. He was a leader who was guided by hope. He is a leader who led with love."

Madiba's former neighbour in Soweto Shadrack Motau also shared his memories.

"We've lost our reconciler and mediator. Actually, I compare Madiba to Jesus Christ."

Businessman and former journalist Rich Mkhondo shared his memories of Madiba.

"So many people have touched on Mandela's humility, kindness and sacrifice and the fact that he had a vision. I just want to pick up on one thing. The thing that I remember is that he always made everyone that he met feel special. That for me is one thing I will always remember about him."

South Africans and the world are celebrating his life while expressing their sorrow.

Meanwhile, former president FW de Klerk has also paid tribute to Madiba.

He described him as a great unifier and a very, very special man.

De Klerk has called on South Africans to keep Madiba's legacy of reconciliation and peace alive.

Flags are being flown at half-mast all over the world.