- Kgalema Motlanthe has advised South Africans against speaking ill of Mandela
- He was speaking at the Nelson Mandela memorial lecture
- He said that Mandela was a product of his circumstances
Kgalema Motlanthe has called on South Africans to stop calling Nelson Mandela out for compromises he made. The former president added that people need to understand that he was bound by circumstances.
Speaking at the Nelson Mandela memorial lecture at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria on Thursday night, he said Mandela was a product of his own environment.
Compromises that were made in 1994 had to come to pass to avoid a bloodbath and obliteration of our country, according to Motlanthe.
He went on to say that this new narrative against Mandela "poses a threat to an authentic understanding of our past, an obstruction to a genuine connection with our humanitarian legacy and an omission of honest truths".
Briefly.co.za reported that thousands of South Africans will be heading out to spend their 67 minutes in commemoration of the late former president Nelson Mandela's birthday today. The idea behind the concept was to get the public involved in charitable activities.
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