Monday marks exactly three years since the death of former president Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, who was the first president of South Africa to be elected in a fully democratic election, died at the age of 95 on December 5, 2013.
Msunduzi Municipality Mayor Themba Njilo said he still regards Mandela as the father of the nation.
“He played a huge role in the struggle and freeing black people from oppression.
“I see this day as an important day to celebrate him, his efforts and his legacy,” said Njilo.
He said he personally does not think enough is being done to commemorate Mandela.
“I urged the beneficiaries of the struggle, the youth, to stop dwelling on the past but to continue in building a better future for all South Africans and the generations after them,” he said.
Former Umgungundlovu District mayor, Yusuf Bhamjee, said he was fortunate to have been given an opportunity to act as a project manager during the elections that brought Madiba to power.
“It was an experience that one will treasure forever,” he said.
Bhamjee added that he feels confident that South Africa can still produce a leader as influential as Mandela.
“Madiba inspired us to think of the future. I am fairly confident that some of Madiba’s aspirants carry his values and will never forget his moral space,” said Bhamjee.[Source: News24]