General News of 2013-12-07

Mandela’s leadership qualities rare in Africa- SA High Commissioner

South African high commissioner to Ghana Jeanette Ndhlovu has described the late president Mandela as a man who worked to better the lives of others.

According to her, Nelson Mandela’s death shows the passing of a very great being. “I have to use the word grave and indeed it is because his death marks the passing of a very rare and great human being. He showed profusely, the high qualities of leadership which tends to be in rare supply on our continent.” South Africa's first black President, Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Paying a tribute to Nelson Mandela on JoyNews the commissioner said "our nation has lost its greatest son.” "Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss." She added. Mandela's story is an incredible journey - from prison to presidency.

After being jailed for 27 years he became South Africa's first ever black president. He went on to play an important role in promoting peace and equality across the globe. For the South African high commissioner; "people would normally expect that a man like Mandela after spending 27 years in prison would come back to rule his country, but he gave up to allow the young ones to govern the nation.

Nelson Mandela would forever be remembered as a man who brought freedom to South Africa. He was a man of peace and he really fought a good fight for his country and not only had South Africa benefited for his good deed, but the whole continent benefited collectively”.

Jeanette Ndhlovu was however realistic that “Even though Nelson Mandela helped to change South Africa into a fairer place, the country still has lots of problems today, including poverty, violent crime and disease.

But, she added “he'll be remembered around the world for his message of peace and unity”.