These are the words of Lindiwe Mazibuko, parliamentary leader of the Democratic Alliance, our sister party in South Africa, on the occasion of Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. They have all the more resonance today:
As a younger man Nelson Mandela gave up his career in order to take up the fight against apartheid and racial injustice.
In so doing, he sacrificed his own freedom.
At the dawn of our young democracy, President Mandela became the custodian of our new constitution. He demonstrated the political will, courage and humanity which set the tone for reconciliation and forged a spirit of shared nationhood that is still with us today.
As South Africans, we are blessed to have him as the example of an elder whose life is an inspiration and a guide to us all.