Item 805 - Statement on President Mandela's message of condolence on the death of Mother Teresa

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Statement on President Mandela's message of condolence on the death of Mother Teresa


  • 1997-09-10 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

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South African Government Information Website

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Death of Mother Teresa

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President Nelson Mandela sent the following message of condolence to the Indian Government on the death of Mother Teresa.


I, and millions of other South Africans, were deeply saddened when we heard of the news of Mother Teresa's passing away.

Millions of our people share with the people of India and the world the sorrow and mourning of the demise of this great human being, and servant of God. Mother Teresa's work amongst the downtrodden, destitute and sick will live in our memories for many years to come.

She will always be remembered for her great works of charity benefiting not only the poorest of the poor in Calcutta but also homelessness and poverty alleviation.

The "Missionaries of Charity" will no doubt find strength from the groundwork laid by Mother Teresa and continue to emulate and cherish her legacy into the next millennium.

Mother Teresa's passing has also touched me in a personal way as it has been a humbling experience to have shared the similar honours of a Noble Peace Laureate and India's Bharat Ratna with such an unique person.


South Africa will be represented at the funeral of Mother Teresa in Calcutta on 13 September 1997 by Sister Bernard Ncube, Member of Parliament, and the South African High Commissioner to India, Mr Jerry Matsila.

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Acquisition method: From website ; Source: South African Government Information Website. Accessioned on 19/12/06 by Helen Joannides




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