Johannesburg - The ANC, South Africa's ruling party, has dedicated its website to former
president Nelson Mandela, allowing people world-wide to leave their messages of
The website was no longer in its signature yellow, green,
and black colours.
The only information on the website about the African
National Congress and its activities was related to the struggle icon, who died
at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home on Thursday night.
Scores of messages were left on the website, including from
Norway, Chile, Tanzania, Australia, India, Kenya, France, Bosnia, Germany,
South Africa, and others.
Hamish Anderson from the United Kingdom wrote: "I
remember the day Mr Mandela was released from prison (I was 13, living in
Oxford, England). I rushed home to watch it on television.
"I remember not eating South African fruit and not
banking with Barclays. I remember the day Mr Mandela came to Oxford to receive
some kind of honour - my friends and I got on bicycles and headed into the town
centre to find him. We cycled around asking people 'have you seen Nelson
Chris van Heumen from the Netherlands wrote: "The death
of Madiba has shaken me deeply. As a young journalist I had the honour of
meeting this greatest man of our lifetime.
"He inspired me to go into politics and have strong and
clear principles. Even nowadays as a businessman I try to be fair, honest and
let morals guide me. We will miss you but not forget you."
Samuel Brett from South Africa wrote: "Rest in peace
Tata Madiba! Hamba Kahle Great One! Thank you for fighting for my freedom. Long
live your spirit!
"I'll always remind my children where this freedom of
ours came from. You now had completed your Long Walk! Rest In Peace!"
Tim Barnden from the UK wrote: "Madiba inspired many in
my generation in the UK to fight against injustice and racism.
"Some victories have been won. There are many more to
be secured. He was our small axe, able to cut down the big tree. Deepest love
and solidarity. Amandla!"
Vince Breizmattazz from France wrote: "Dear Comrade
Mandela receive the respect of a whole generation of French activists &
"For a lot of youngsters born in the seventies you were
the symbol of strength and resistance.
"Your fight against fascism and inequality was an
example that helped us to find our place in the society as conscious adults...
Rest in peace! The struggle continues!"
The website also contained a gallery of Madiba's
photographs, speeches, statements and letters he had written, a biography, and
the icon's famous quotes.
Mandela died at the age of 95. He will be buried in his
hometown of Qunu in the Eastern Cape next Sunday.