Tutu: Madiba's selflessness an example

Desmond Tutu says people must remember Mandela's accomplishments and follow his example.

FILE: Nelson Mandela holding the Jules Rimet World cup beside Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says despite the world believing that South Africa would go up in flames after the demise of the apartheid regime, Nelson Mandela surprised everyone with his constant words about peace.

Tutu was joined by singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Agang SA Leader Mamphela Ramphele.

He said before his death, Mandela was not completely satisfied with the manner in which South Africans treated one another.

"I don't think he was the kind of person who would ever be satisfied. Even if we were perfect, I think he would still reckon there are things we could improve on."

He said South Africans were able to treat one other with dignity during the two months of the 2010 World Cup, and he wishes this spirit of unity could continue.


Tutu said South African youth should remember Mandela as a man of dignity who gave his life to see the people of South Africa walk freely in their own land.

He said the youth should follow his selfless example.

"I think the most important thing is how he gave himself for the sake of other people. He reckoned that was the meaning of his life."