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MPs unite in remembering Mandela

Members of Parliament shared their memories of Nelson Mandela by recalling lessons they learnt from him.

A bronze bust of Nelson Mandela was unveiled outside Parliament on 28 April 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of Parliament (MPs) have shared their memories of Nelson Mandela by recalling lessons they learnt from the iconic leader on the first anniversary of his death.

Mandela was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison.

He had been receiving treatment for a lung infection since September 2013.

The former statesman died surrounded by his family and close friends on 5 December 2013.

MP's have been taking the opportunity to reflect back on the life and times of the country's most beloved statesman.

African National Congress chief whip Stone Sizani says he draws inspiration from Madiba's courage.

"If I can emulate what he was it would be good for me to leave for my children and my contribution to the country."

Democratic Alliance Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane says seeing the global icon lying in state last year was a profound moment for him.

"It's incumbent for us in any leadership role as an MP to serve the people of this country in a similar way to what Mandela did."

United Democratic Movement MP Mncedisi Filtane says, Madiba taught the country the value of reconciliation.

"Having that peaceful heart even though he had been in jail for so many years then when he came out he was speaking constructive peace."

When the news about his death first broke, the nation mourned and celebrated the man who will always be remembered as a pillar of strength for all South Africans.

Video: Messages for Tata.