The many tributes to Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday serve as a reminder of the virtues that all our politicians should aspire to.
He has his human faults, but everything he did was for a cause above himself, with no whiff of corruption. His best example was to step down after one term in office, unlike the African trend of leaders to hold on forever.
Americans honour George Washington as a latter day Cincinnatus, the Roman general who gave up glory for a simple life on his farm. This is also Mandela's true greatness and legacy.
Jack Bloom, DA leader, Gauteng Legislature