It is with deep and profound sadness that we say: "Lala ngoxolo Tata Madiba. Asoze sikulibale" (Rest in peace Grandfather Madiba, we will never forget you). Today the rainbow nation lost its father. Today, we are a nation united in grief. Today, South Africa lost the greatest son of its soil.
We all belong to the South African family and in many ways that sense of belonging is Madiba's real legacy. Through his humility, moral conviction and bold leadership, Madiba gave us a gift for which we, and successive generations will be forever grateful. He gave us his vision of a free and inclusive South Africa and the unwavering belief that such a society could be achieved in his lifetime. He was, quite simply, the greatest South African that ever lived.
Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with Madiba’s wife, Graca, his former wife, Winnie, his daughters Makaziwe, Zenani and Zindziswa, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. May they find the strength to overcome the pain of this great loss. The nation mourns with them. Let all South Africans join hands as we mourn Madiba’s passing and celebrate his life. Let us re-affirm his values and recapture his spirit in all we do.
Hamba Kahle Madiba