Monday 9 December 2013 05:45


Photo1Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) President, Chief Phathekile Holomisa says former president Nelson Mandela was born to lead.

Holomisa says Madiba’s elders from the Abathembu Tribe, never anticipated that he would lead the country one day.

Madiba passed away on Thursday night at his house, Houghton, Johannesburg.

Holomisa says: “As an adviser, councillor to the Kings he was playing a critical role in the royal councils of Abathembu and I am sure the elders never anticipated that he will be a leader beyond that stature, so he fulfilled their hopes and expectations more than they had held then. He was born to lead. In fact when he went away from the Mthembuland to the City of Johannesburg, he naturally became a leader.”

On Sunday, different prayer services were held for former statesman in South Africa and in other parts of the world.

United Democratic Movement leader and Mandela family member Bantu Holomisa attended a prayer service at Regina Mundi in Soweto.  Holomisa described Madiba as a man who fought for the country and encouraged South Africans to continue to embrace his legacy.

Holomisa also made it clear that there won’t be any violence after Madiba’s funeral.  “South Africans have proven wrong the international world that there will be violence in the country. There won’t be any violence in South Africa.”

An official memorial service for Madiba will be held at FNB stadium on Tuesday and he will be buried in Qunu, Eastern Cape on Sunday.