Mandela Day sparks charity and selflessness

mandela_wavingJOHANNESBURG South Africas MDC (Tsvangirai) branch celebrated Mandela Day by taking refugee orphans to the zoo. Members visited the Jabavu Centre in Soweto and gave children toys and food. (Pictured: Nelson Mandela)

Among the children taken to the zoo was eight-year-old Nqobile Moyo from Nkayi, whose parents were burnt alive when Zanu (PF) supporters locked the doors and torched the house. The boy survived, but with serious burns.

Secretary for Information and Publicity Bongani Mathe said they decided to spend Mandela Day by showing love to children who had nobody else to love them. Bongani said: We decided not to let this day pass without doing something for these children. They are manmade orphans. Their parents did not die of natural causes but their death was initiated by Zanu (PF)s political violence. We want to restore dignity to these children in the community.

He took the opportunity to call on South Africans who showed unity with other Africans during the World Cup to maintain the tempo rather than being xenophobic. He says it would be a betrayal of Mandelas ideals to see South Africans attacking non South African brothers and sisters.

Mathe said Madiba was a selfless leader who fought for justice, human rights and democracy. He implored other leaders of the world to emulate Mandela.

Around the world, people celebrated Mandelas birthday by spending 67 minutes doing community service or simply doing something to improve the lives of others `- from paining schools to cleaning the streets.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, US President Barack Obama and other leaders also sent messages of congratulations.

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