The People’s Republic of China (PRC), on Tuesday, urged South Africa and the rest of the African continent not to lose sight of the great vision of former president Nelson Mandela who made abundant sacrifices, particularly towards equality.
China’s ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, stated this while commemorating the fourth anniversary of Mandela’s death.
Speaking on the sidelines of a seminar on a book authored by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pretoria, Songtian described President Mandela as a great leader not only to his people but also to the people of the world – particularly the developing world.
He said one remarkable thing Mandela fought for was to ensure that the new republic in South Africa is shared by all people – both black and the white equally.
“President Mandela fought for the people, the people of this continent. Unfortunately, there are not so good stories in the history of this country, I have to say, but President Mandela made sure the people enjoy equally the freedom and democracy in this great country. We have to learn to appreciate the great contribution he made to this country, and to the world,” the Chinese ambassador added.
Tuesday, December 5, marked the fourth anniversary of the late former president Nelson Mandela’s death. Mandela, a global icon‚ struggle veteran and Nobel peace prize winner passed away on December 5, 2013 – years after spending 27 years in prison on Robben Island after he was convicted for his activism against apartheid.