ANC Gauteng Legislature
Mandela epitomised the values of collective leadership, unity - ANC

Mandela epitomised the values of collective leadership, unity - ANC

9 December 2013

African National Congress (ANC) Caucus in the Gauteng Legislature today paid a moving tribute to first President of South African Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela during a special sitting of the house to pay tribute to the former statesman.

The Gauteng Legislature closed on the 21 November 2013 but the Speaker of the house, Lidiwe Maseko called a Special Sitting today (Monday December 9 2013).

Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa led the called on all people of Gauteng to "deep our revolutionary banner in honour of the world`s finest leader, a fine son of the soil and a great statesman. We raise our clenched fists as a symbol of our strength and unity in action.

We bow our heads in prayer for a resilient soul and a life well lived."

Hlongwa also praised Nelson Mandela`s comrades with whom he led the ANC before his incarceration. Saying Mandela and that leadership collective demonstrated unity", trust and commitment to the course.

"Comrade Nelson Mandela Spoke on behalf of the collective. Prisoner 466/64 became the face of a dedicated and determined collective, which was collectively sentenced to life imprisonment, Whilst today we are paying tribute and homage to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, We also take this opportunity to also salute Madiba`s and his fellow comrades and co-accused, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Dennis Goldberg, Raymond Mhlaba, Andrew Mlangeni and Ellias Motsoaledi.

"These Comrades, even when they were trapped between the jaws of a lion, when their lives we placed between the anvil and the hammer, the rock and the hard place, between the devil and the deep blue sea, they never wavered, they stood firm, their courage rose with danger, they had the same faith and courage as the Biblical Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego," said Hlongwa.

He said today`s` leaders have a lot to learn from the leadership of Mandela and his collective: "There are a lot of lessons that can be drawn from the conduct and posture of Nelson Mandela and his comrades during the Rivonia Treason Trial. How many of us, given the circumstances and the extremely hostile conditions they were faced with and subjected to, could have behaved in the manner they did, Firstly, agreeing that they were all going to be represented as the accused by one person, Nelson Mandela, the "commander in chief" and secondly, that in the event that they were sentenced to death, they were not going to appeal against their sentence, because they believed that they could not place their faith in the hands of a government they considered Illegitimate. That`s a subject for another day.

"It is now common cause, that the attempt to silence their voices and their organisations, the ANC and SACP was a futile exercise. Comrade Nelson Mandela`s Life epitomised the values of collective leadership, Unity, selfless service, humility and a deep commitment to equality, social justice and human rights and a better life for all," said Hlongwa.

Hlongwa said the ANC in the Gauteng Legislature will always cherish the seriousness and the firmness with which he approached his duties as the President of the ANC and the first democratically elected head of State and government of the RSA. He said the ANC will Mandela`s` commitments and efforts towards a building of a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist, fair and prosperous South Africa, Africa and a better World.

"The ANC together with the people of South Africa, Africa and the world, have indeed lost an extraordinary leader, with an extraordinary depth of understanding and compassion, the most revered statesman and an incredible human being and a disciplined member and leader of the ANC.

A family man, father and a husband," said Hlongwa.

For more information Contact ANC Media Relations: Mbangwa Xaba 072 447 6582.