The National Press Club mourns the death of international icon Nelson Mandela with millions of people around the globe.
“Madiba stepped out of his personal experiences to show the world what international statesmanship really means – and proved to the world that South Africans could work together despite huge historical differences,” says club Chairperson Jos Charle.
“His firm belief that a free, independent and outspoken press in a democratic South Africa can never be overemphasised led to the freedom of speech we enjoy in this country today, as entrenched in the constitution.
“Our condolences go to Madiba’s family during these trying times. We urge everybody to ensure that his legacy continues for generations to come. In doing so, what he brought to the world will never be in vain. Let us continue to honour the life of a great leader – truly a man for all seasons. Hamba kahle Madiba.”