South Africa ready to help in Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process

By Saman Indrajith

South Africa was willing to assist Sri Lanka in whatever way possible and share its experiences on its reconciliation process, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Geoff Doidge said yesterday.

The High Commissioner said this during a meeting held to express condolence on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the parliament complex. The event was organised by the Sri Lanka-South Africa parliamentary Friendship Association.

High commissioner Doidge recalled Mandela’s commitment to Parliamentary democracy and his personal involvement in the parliamentary process.

President of the Association and Chief Government Whip, Water Supply and Drainage Minister, Dinesh Gunawardena said Mandela’s death was a loss to the entire world. "He was great leader of our time," he said.

TNA MP R. Sampanthan said that Mandela treated all people equally irrespective of whether they were black or white.

Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said that Mandela showed that the mighty must be magnanimous. "He was a legend of our times."

The condolence was proposed by Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and seconded by Chief Opposition Whip MP John Amaratunga.

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