Former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela says South Africa can fight the scourge of poverty and corruption as well as achieve the vision of non-racial, non-sexist and just nation, if all citizens can emulate the world icon.

This as the nation commemorates¬† 30 years since Mandela’s release from prison.

The chief of Mvezo says this day provides the country with an occasion to reflect and ponder on the road travelled.

He added that the country needs to look at how far it has reached on the long walk to freedom, freedom from poverty, racism and discrimination of all kinds.

Meanwhile, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has called on people in Cape Town to attend President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address at City Hall where he will speak from the balcony on which Mandela delivered his first public address within hours of his release.

Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO, Sello Hatang says registration for the event begins at 10am.

He says: “President Ramaphosa was chairperson of the reception committee back then and today at 3:20pm – which is the time Madiba walked out of prison – Ramaphosa will then be speaking.”

“We urge people in Cape Town to join us at the city hall and if they could please be there from around 10-11am and start the registration process. It is a moment for us to reflect from politics to economics and say what else needs to be done to change what is happening in our country.”

Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO, Sello Hatang commenting on the day’s events: