'Mandela a son of Africa'
The Mandela family thanked communities around the globe for their thoughts and prayers.
JOHANNESBURG - General Thanduxolo Mandela says the Mandela family has always been mindful that it shared Madiba with the rest of South Africa and the rest of the world.
Speaking at the Mandela memorial at FNB stadium, Nelson Mandela's cousin extended the family's sincere gratitude to the communities around the globe for their thoughts, prayers and messages of sympathy and solidarity.
He said Mandela saw his greatness not as a means to dominate but as a means to make all men and women equal so their lives could be lived to the fullest human potential
"To him, life was always about service to others. His legacy leaves us all to carry on. In his lifetime, Madiba mingled with kings, queens and presidents, prime ministers captain of industries and ordinary workers but at the core of his being was a man of the people a simple man."
He said the show of universal unity today is representative of all that Madiba stood for.
"Tata, a son of Africa. A child of the Thembu. A descendent of great kings. You will always be remembered. The powerful and the weak, the rich and the poor are all here. I'm sure Madiba is smiling as he looks down on diverse faces."
He said the family has no choice but to adopt and espouse all that Mandela stood for.
"We have no option but to be bound by the principles of Nelson Mandela. He would accept no less."
He said Mandela will never be far from the hearts and minds of South Africans.
"Let us keep Madiba's dream alive in a way which we honour the humanity in each other and in the way we raise up the impoverished."
Grandchildren Mbuso Mandela, Andile Mandela, Zoxuko Dlamini and Phumla Mandela recited a powerful poem with passion and emotion.