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Kathrada - Mandela Burial Speech

Kathrada - Mandela Burial Speech

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Kathrada - Mandela Burial Speech at the official state funeral of Nelson Mandela on December 15, 2013.
Kathrada - Mandela Burial Speech at the official state funeral of Nelson Mandela on December 15, 2013.

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SPEECH BY AHMED KATHRADA AT THE OFFICIAL BURIAL CEREMONY OF FORMER PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA INQUNU (EASTERN CAPE), 15 DECEMBER 2013
 Mr PresidentMrs Graca Machel and the Mandela FamilyMrs. Winnie MandelaHonourable DignitariesStruggle Heroes and HeroinesThe People of our Country The last time  sa! Madiba ali"e !as !hen  "isited him in hospital.  !as filled !ith an o"er!helming mi#ture of sadness$ emotion and pride. He tightly held my hand until the end of my brief "isit. t !as profoundly heartbrea%ing. t brought me to the "erge of tears !hen my thoughts automatically flashed bac% to the picture of the man  gre! up under. Ho!  !ished &d ne"er had to confront the reality of !hat  sa!.  first met Madiba in '()*+ that&s *, years ago.  recalled the tall$ healthy and strong man+ the bo#er+ the prisoner !ho easily !ielded the pic% and sho"el at the lime -uarry on obben sland.  "isuali/ed the prisoner that "igorously e#ercised e"ery morning before !e !ere unloc%ed. What  sa! at his home after his spell in hospital !as this giant of a man$ helpless and reduced to a shado! of his former self.
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0nd no! the ine"itable has happened. He has left us and is no! !ith the 1
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2 of the 03C 4 the 03C in !hich he cut his political teeth+ and the 03C for !hose policy of a non4racial$ non4se#ist$ democratic and  prosperous South 0frica he !as prepared to die.He has 5oined the 1
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2 of his close comrades6 Chief 7uthuliWalter Sisulu8li"er TamboDr 9usuf Dadoo:ac% SimonsMoses ;otane<ram Fischer Dr Monty 3aic%er : < Mar%sHelen :osephuth FirstProfessor = ; Matthe!s<eyers 3aude:oe Slo"o7ilian 3goyiMa Sisulu andMichael Harmel.
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n addition to the 03C&s 1
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2$ Madiba has also 5oined men and !omen outside the 03C 4 Helen Su/man$ Ste"e <i%o$ 0lan Paton$ obert Sobu%!e$ Cissie Gool$ <ennie ;ies$ 3e"ille 0le#ander$ =eph Mothopeng and many other leaders. We are a country that has been blessed by many great and remar%able men and !omen$ all of !hom played a critical part in this grand struggle for freedom and dignity. We ha"e been blessed by the contributions of many different mo"ements and formations$ both inside and outside the country$ each ma%ing an indelible imprint on our history. We ha"e been  blessed by a struggle that acti"ely in"ol"ed the masses of the people in their o!n liberation.We ha"e been blessed that under the collecti"e leadership of the 03C$ !e can proudly proclaiming that 1South 0frica belongs to all !ho li"e in it$  blac% and !hite2. We !ere mightily$ and une#pectedly$ blessed !hen the old$ oppressi"e$ undemocratic order succumbed and bo!ed to the ine"itable. 0nd then finally$ !e !ere truly blessed by the far4sighted !isdom of our collecti"e leadership 4 !ith Madiba at the helm 4 that too% us into a democratic future. For all of this and much more$ !e are deeply grateful.We are fortunate that today !e li"e in a noisy and li"ely democracy. We are eternally grateful that dignity has been restored to all South 0fricans. We are fore"er grateful that the li"es of many are impro"ing$ although not
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