The Nelson Mandela Museum in partnership with the Eastern Cape Arts and Culture Department has held a social dialogue to honour the late former president Nelson Mandela.

This comes as the country marks the sixth anniversary of his passing.

Many speakers said Madiba would have been advocating for peace, reconciliation and social cohesion despite the many social such as gender-based violence, femicide and unemployment.

Eastern Cape Arts and Culture MEC, Fezeka Bayeni says they want to uphold Madiba’s legacy.

“We want to engrave in the minds of the young ones the importance of living the values he lived by when he was still alive. So, it’s important that we come together and remember and reminisce on the days that we spent with utata Nelson Mandela. He was against racism. In all his speeches he stood against racism and this generation has a responsibility to ensure that we deal with racism wherever it raises its ugly head”.

SABC’s economics editor, Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki has described Madiba as a promoter of social cohesion.

“He taught us how to handle difficult situations with those who you do not understand or who do not come from the same background as you. One of the quotes that really sticks in my mind, Madiba said ‘if you really want to understand your enemy, work with him, and then you will develop common goals and common purpose’. ”

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