One legacy that the late former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela is remembered of is the impact his message for forgiveness and reconciliation had on the economy of the nation, a South African government official has said.
South African Consul-General to Nigeria, Ambassador Mokgethi Monaisa told Channels Television that the before the country got its freedom in 1994, there had been infrastructures in place that would make the economy thrive.
Amb. Monaisa stated that South Africans were not ready to let the work of their fathers be in vain.
“When we got freedom in 1994, we already know that the economy infrastructure were already on ground.
“Nelson Mandela preached forgiveness and reconciliation and we saw that whatever is in the country belonged to us all.
“South Africa belongs to us all and we have to come together now to make the best of what we have and there was no revenge. If there was revenge we would have destroyed it,” he said
As much as many African leaders admire the late South African leader, they do not want to be like him.
Amb. Monaisa pointed out that no African leader would want to step down after a first term in office like Mandela, an act he said sent a message to all the leaders in Africa.