Kaunda: He steered SA in the right direction

Kenneth Kaunda says Tata could never have succeeded without the love he had for all people.

The coffin of Nelson Mandela is seen during his funeral ceremony in Qunu on 15 December, 2013. Picture: AFP

QUNU - Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda says Nelson Mandela is a son of the world and not only of South Africa.

Kaunda said he negotiated with the white apartheid government repeatedly and failed until FW de Klerk came along.

"Thank God, he became Prime Minister and released this great man whose life the whole world is celebrating."

Kaunda spoke about the divisions of apartheid and how it went against everything that God's 10 Commandments advocated.

He referred to former apartheid leaders as "Boer leaders" and said that Mandela steered South Africa in the right direction and taught the people that regardless of their colour, background or religion, everyone is equal in God's eyes.

He said Mandela is a "blessed child of God" who followed the 10 Commandments.

"Whether you are black, white, brown or yellow, you are all God's children. Come together, work together and God will show you the way."

Kaunda said Mandela could never have succeeded without the love he had for all people.