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'Madiba's legacy tarnished by inequality & crime'

Thabo Makgoba said some areas in Cape Town are still faced with ills that go against Mandela’s legacy.

FILE: Thabo Makgoba said some areas in Cape Town are still faced with ills that go against Mandela’s legacy. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said some areas in Cape Town are still faced with ills that go against Nelson Mandela's legacy.

Makgoba led a group of clergy and congregants in a clean-up drive to commemorate Mandela Day.

They spent the morning at the Holy Cross Church in Nyanga, clearing rubbish off the streets and at the local taxi rank.

Makgoba said the clean-up was a symbolic gesture.

"Nyanga in Cape Town is the place that is characterised by inequality of opportunity, characterised by environment degradation and high levels of crime. And these three are really opposite to what Madiba stood for."

Meanwhile, Many Mvezo residents say they will forever be grateful to former president Nelson Mandela for his selfless struggle.

Madiba was born in the rural Eastern Cape village on this day in 1918.

Most of Mvezo residents gathered at the newly built Makgatho Lewanika Mandela primary school, where Mandela Day Festivities are taking place.

"It's a lovely day because we're celebrating Madiba's life."

While the adults are admiring the building's modern look, children are having fun, playing on jumping castles that have been put up.

"Most of them have never seen jumping castles and all these things that are here."

One of the youngster said she is proud of Madiba's legacy.

"Because we're free today, it's because of him."

Mandela Day celebration around the country in twits:

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