Graca Machel: Long way to go to attain freedom Mandela fought for

Graca Machel: Long way to go to attain freedom Mandela fought for

- Graca Machel said the world has not yet attained the freedom Mandela strove for

- She cited inequality and low education levels as examples

- The world will mark Mandela's 100th birth anniversary on 18 July

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Graca Machel, the widow of the late President Nelson Mandela, has said the world has not yet attained the freedom Mandela strove for.

Machel made the observation during an interview with news agency AFP on Monday, Briefly.co.za learned.

She cited wealth and gender inequalities as well as low levels of education around the world as indicators of lack of fundamental freedoms.

The late president Nelson Mandela pictured with Graca Machel. Source: Google

The late president Nelson Mandela pictured with Graca Machel. Source: Google

Machel used the title of Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, to make her observation:

We have just begun the journey. We have to keep walking because the freedoms which we are trying to see embodied by (Mandela) are still in their infancy.

She said the world still has to bridge the gap between men and women as well as developed and developing countries.

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Additionally, she called for greater efforts towards providing quality education to every single child around the world.

South Africa will lead the world in marking what would have been Mandela's 100th birthday on 18 July.

Machel and President Cyril Ramaphosa are set to attend a keynote speech to be delivered by former US President Barack Obama in Johannesburg on 17 July. It will focus on Mandela's legacy.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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