On the early hours of the 5th of December 2018, Nelson Mandela’s homestead in Qunu Village was abuzz with young stars in Mandela’s t-shirts, led by MEC for Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture Hon Bulelwa Tunyiswa for a 5km walk of remembrance. The 5km walk which marks 5 years since the passing of Nelson Mandela started from Nelson Mandela’s Qunu homestead to Qunu-Nelson Mandela Museum Heritage Centre, for a prayer session and stone throwing ceremony (Isivivana), where Nelson Mandela used to school and play with his friends.
“As we commemorate his legacy, we remember what he has done for this Country, for the Continent. As the province, we have chosen to honour his legacy at his place of birth with the community of Qunu” said MEC Tunyiswa while gathered with young stars outside Nelson Mandela’s home before the walk.
The commemoration, which was attended by Eastern Cape top dignitaries, Veterans of the African National Congress (ANC), and Traditional Leaders, proceeded to the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha. “We appreciate our Government for keeping the Mandela legacy alive, this continuous commemoration makes us live and remember the values that our grandfather stood for” said Thandeka Mandela speaking on behalf of the Mandela family at the Nelson Mandela Museum.
Premier Phumulo Masualle, during his key note address on the day at Nelson Mandela Museum highlighted “The spirits of Tata lives here. We are so privileged to be part of this commemoration, to be rubbing shoulders with the history of this giant”. “Nelson Mandela is an inspiration not only to his province but to the world as a whole. Even to the perpetrators for his love, honesty & peace maker and that makes him a unique individual indeed” Premier added.
“Mandela is the one who propagated in our country. Therefore in his honour, and in his memory, we must appreciate the fact that today as this province we have visitors across the world frequent visiting our province due to his giant work” said Premier Masualle after his address as he led the 100 candle light ceremony witnessed by hundreds of people at the Museum. “We have lit all these100 candles as part of celebrating 100 years of life that Nelson Mandela would have with us this year, the Nelson Mandela Centenary”. “This symbolises a light that the he has lit for most of us, which is freedom” “This is also to reflect to in his life and times, to go forward, ngesiXhosa sithi Mabudede ubumnyama kuvele ukuKhanya!” Premier alluded.