President Mahinda Rajapaksa attends memorial service for Mandela
President Mahinda Rajapaksa now in South Africa to pay his last respects to the former South African President Nelson Mandela today (10) attended the State Memorial Service for the late President that took place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
A large gathering of state leaders and dignitaries were present at the memorial service. Tomorrow (11) President Rajapaksa will go to Pretoria to pay homage to President Mandela’s remains that are lying in state at the Union Buildings.
While Prof. G L Peiris, Minister of External Affairs also attended the memorial service, Minister of Civil Aviation Mr. Geethanjana Gunawardena, Chief Minister of the Uva Province, Mr. Shashindra Rajapaksa, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs, Mr. Sajin De Vas Gunawardana and Secretary to the President, Mr. Lalith Weeratunga are accompanying President Rajapaksa.
(Courtesy: President Media)
It’s great to see to see a true son of the soil in the audience for Mandela’s funeral. Amongst the 70 heads of state who attended the funeral, there was one who stands parralell with Mandela.
Nelson Mandela eradicated the Boer instigated Apartheid in a war that spread over 40 years.
Mahinda Rajapaksa eradicated the Tamil instigated terrorism which covered not only our island but the whole World, in a war that spread 30 years.
Both leaders, Nelson and Mahinda, are parralels and are leaders of the current and past millenium who cannot and will not be replaced.
Nelson Mandela did not receive international recognition of his stature until apatheid was dismantled.
Mahinda Rajapaks will not receive international recognition until the lands in the North truly belong to the Sinhala Buddhist citizens of Sri Lanka and Theravada Buddhism begins to flourish in the North and the East.