Jacob Zuma appeals for unity as South Africa marks third anniversary of Madiba’s death

President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to continue working together to build a united country.

President Nelson Mandela died on 5th December 2013

President Nelson Mandela died on 5th December 2013

In a message to remember the first President of a free and democratic South Africa, President Nelson Mandela who died on 5th December 2013, Mr Zuma said the world icon left “behind a rich legacy of building a dynamic young nation, from the ashes of apartheid.”

“President Mandela taught us to unite and to love and respect one another as South Africans. He also taught us to build friendly relations with our neighbours and the international community as a whole,” he added.

He praised the good work already done to build “a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.”

Mr Zuma however pointed out that the country has a long way to go. “The road ahead remains long and full of challenges given the unending economic slowdown globally and locally and the need to continue building a better life for and with our people. There is indeed a lot more hard work to be done, as we move towards the ideal society he envisaged when he said let there be bread, water and salt for all,” Mr Zuma said. “Today, on the anniversary of Madiba’s sad passing, let us recommit ourselves to unity, and to working together to build our country, regardless of whatever political differences we may have. Let us work harder than ever, to make South Africa a success story that generations to come will be proud of.”