“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom,
I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be
to Mandela family, relatives, friends, neighbours and the whole world!
Our former President Dr Mandela’s place of birth, Eastern Cape and where he grew up are part of the South Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Southern Africa! During these very sad days for us all the best way how to mourn our loss is to unite and stand together as
people of South Africa and the world against all the evils that threaten humanity; is to live peacefully with each other! I think faith was both pillar and foundation that kept Madiba going even during the most difficult times, I therefore challenge all of us to be a people of faith and always bear smile even in our worst and hopeless moments of our lives! What has just happened must be taken as an inspiration to do good to each other and the rest of the creation! We thank God for this best gift to our Nation, Tata Mandela!
Rest in Peace Father of the Nation the Icon of the World!
Bishop PP Buthelezi
(on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa South Eastern Diocese)