5 December 2014South Africa’s Acting President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to honour the memory of former late President Nelson Mandela on Friday.“On 5 December 2013, we lost the father of the nation, one of the most revered leaders our country has ever produced, Nelson Mandela,” Ramaphosa said, on behalf of President Jacob Zuma who is currently in China on a state visit.He encouraged the country to observe a moment of silence at 10am until 10.03am, when South Africans everywhere are asked to sing the national anthem.To call the country to attention, churches, mosques, temples, factories, schools and motorists are asked to ring their bells, sirens, hoot and use loud hailers at 3 minutes and 7 seconds to 10am (09:56:53).This would make the time from the signal to the end of the three minutes of silence exactly 6 minutes and 7 seconds – symbolising the 67 years Mandela gave to the cause of freedom.Read more on Media Club South Africa: How to remember Nelson Mandela on 5 December“South Africans are urged to wear their favourite Mandela t-shirt, shirt or other memorabilia on December 5 in his remembrance,” the Presidency said.All of those on social media are asked to use #RememberMandela to share their memories of Nelson Mandela.“In his memory we draw strength and comfort from the love, support and unity he bequeathed to the people of South Africa, Africa and the world. We are stronger and more united by the legacy he left us,” Ramaphosa said.“Let us all keep Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive by living his values in every aspect of our own lives – unflinching sacrifice in the humble service of all of humanity. All South Africans are urged to play their part in moving South Africa forward as part of efforts to build a better South Africa, in a better Africa, in a better world, and in memory of this icon of our people, Nelson Mandela.”There will be a wreath-laying ceremony attended by veterans of the struggle, including Madiba’s life-long friend and confidant Ahmed Kathrada, at the Mandela statue on the Union Buildings lawns at 8am on Friday.Source: SAnews.gov
Just before the Gujarat Congress announced its first list of candidates, the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had announced that it had reached an agreement with the Opposition party on the quota issue. But soon after the list was released, the agreement appeared to be unravelling as there were only two persons associated with PAAS in the list against an expected 8-9 names.Angry PAAS members went berserk, vandalised Congress offices in several places and slammed its leaders for not “honouring the commitments” made during their series of meetings to discuss the quota issue and finalise the seat-sharing formula.Damage controlPAAS convenor Hardik Patel, who was to officially announce the tie-up with the Congress in Rajkot, cancelled his rally. His close aides declared that if the Congress did not change the names, PAAS would oppose its candidates as it did the BJP’s.Sensing big trouble, the Congress launched a damage control exercise and promised to accommodate more PAAS members in its list. The party is now reportedly changing the candidates in as many as six seats.However, the party’s new list is yet to be made public. Tuesday is the last day for filing of nominations in 89 constituencies falling in Saurashtra & Kutch and South Gujarat, two regions going to the polls in the first phase on December 9.Hopes beliedAccording to insiders, the PAAS had demanded over a dozen seats in Patidar-dominated pockets in Saurashtra and Surat city.But the Congress fielded only two PAAS associates — Lalit Vasoya from Dhoraji and Amit Thummar from Junagadh. The two are among 18 Patidars fielded by the party.Sources said that changes are likely in Junagadh, Botad and a few other seats in Surat.The names of probable replacements were discussed at a meeting between Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Gujarat election-in-charge Ashok Gehlot in New Delhi.The party faced protests over the choice of candidates in several places, including Bharuch where Kiran Thakor was replaced by Jayesh Patel at the last moment.