SA commemorates Madiba’s death, Zuma calls for continuation of his legacy

Today marks three years since the former president died at his Houghton home after battling recurring lung infections.

FILE:  Nelson Mandela. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - As the world marks the third anniversary of Nelson Mandela's passing, President Jacob Zuma has called on South Africans to continue the legacy of the late statesman.

Today marks three years since the former president died at his Houghton home after battling recurring lung infections.

Various events are planned to commemorate the late statesman who died aged 95, including a dialogue by the Nelson Mandela Foundation with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Presidency spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga says: “President Zuma this morning said we must take the lessons that former president Nelson Mandela had taught to unite, to love and respect one another in South Africa. He taught us to build friendly relations with our neighbours and the international community as a whole.”

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)