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The Mandela strategy

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

THE late Nelson Mandela may have used sports as a political strategy to bring people in South Africa together.

And countries, especially Fiji, need people like Mr Mandela who always put his country first, says the People's Democratic Party.

PDP's interim president Adi Sivia Qoro said in terms of a leader, Mr Mandela was a great example in bringing different sections of the community together.

"Realising those differences in South Africa, I believe the essence of his message was forgiveness if there has to be reconciliation," she said.

"We can't have reconciliation without forgiveness.

"He used sports as a rallying point in bringing people together because every South African was a sports fan."

Adi Sivia said Fiji could take an example from the great man, whose priority always was his nation.

"Mr Mandela's personal goals were secondary. What was ultimate for him was the interest of his nation at heart.

"We need to learn from him. He was very inclusive, very engaging and at the end of the day it's the nation that matters.

"He may have used sports as a political strategy to get people together, especially through rugby, and we need more Nelson Mandela's, especially in countries like Fiji," said Adi Sivia.