SADC Lawyers Mourn Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
The SADC Lawyers' Association (SADCLA) joins the people of South Africa and the rest of the world in mourning Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the first post-apartheid President of South Africa and icon and giant of our time. Nelson Mandela was an embodiment of humanity and humility, a fighter for justice and human rights and an example of what a leader should be.
As the legal profession in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, Nelson Mandela as a lawyer has taught us that the practice of law is not merely a profession, but a service to the people, in particular the vulnerable and marginalised in our communities. We will continue to learn from his wisdom and vision even after his departure.
His self-sacrifice for the good of humanity was unmatched. His leadership was people focused as he fought injustice and marginalisation, not only in South Africa, but in the SADC region, in Africa and the rest of the world. We urge our leaders in the SADC region to embrace the lessons from Nelson Mandela’s life, in particular his compassion and service to the people, the spirit of tolerance and reconciliation, the need for equity and justice in our countries and the development of truly democratic nations.
We send our condolences to Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel, the rest of the Mandela Family and to all South Africans.
May his dear soul rest in peace.
Issued on behalf of the SADC Lawyers’ Association
Mrs Kondwa Sakala‐Chibiya President 6 December 2013.