Thank you for convening this gathering that we might all have the opportunity to pay tribute to the memory of one of humanity’s great leaders. I stand here today on behalf of the 133 countries of the Group of 77 and China to join the international voice that rises in praise of the late President Mandela.
Your Excellency, the President, The Honourable Chief Justice and members of the judiciary, Cabinet Ministers, Your Excellencies, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen,
Bula vinaka and a very good afternoon to you all.
The term historic is sometimes used a little too freely but not today.
Because this is truly a historic occasion in the life of our nation and will be regarded as such, long after we have all passed into history ourselves.