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#MandelaLecture: Motsepe urges public to walk a straight line

Patrice Motsepe has warned that corruption in government and in the business world go hand in hand.

(From L to R): Graca Machel, President Cyril Ramaphosa, former US president Barack Obama and businessman Patrice Motsepe. Picture: Qaanitah Hunter/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Businessman Patrice Motsepe has told thousands gathered for the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture that Madiba’s spirit of love and unity is in the Wanderers Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

Motsepe has also told former US president Barack Obama, who is due to deliver the lecture, that he represents the greatness of America, Africa and the world.

Motsepe has used the opportunity to urge all South Africans to walk a straight line, warning corruption in government and in the business world go hand in hand.

“There’s a huge duty and a huge obligation of all of us to make sure that all of us in the business community in our interactions are engagements with politicians that we behave in a manner that reflects zero tolerance for improper conduct.”

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GRACA MACHEL

Earlier, Graca Machel welcomed all guests to Tuesday's event, saying positive celebrations of Madiba’s legacy would make the late former president very happy and very proud.

Machel reflected on her late husband's legacy, saying Madiba weaved a colourful tapestry with generations of great leaders who fought for freedom.

She told the crowd at the Wanderers Stadium that Madiba was an example of how good can triumph over evil.

“He was not acting in singular isolation, he in fact regarded himself as a representative of a much broader powerful conglomeration of activists who in their unique and varied ways were driving the attainment of political freedom.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken to the stage to make his introductory remarks.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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