"My brother is smiling," these are the words of the late Hugh Masekela's sister following President Cyril Ramaphosa's state of the nation address (Sona) in which he paid homage to the music icon.
In his maiden speech on Friday night, Ramaphosa quoted an extract from the late jazz legend stirring song, Thuma Mina (Send Me) in which he sees himself as the messenger of a new beginning.
In quoting the song, Ramaphosa also signaled a 'new dawn and appealed to both public servants and the country at large to do their best in their duty of serving the nation.
He said: "I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around, when they triumph over poverty. I wanna be there when the people win the battle against AIDS, I wanna lend a hand. I wanna be there for the alcoholic, I wanna be there for the drug addict, I wanna be there for the victims of violence and abuse, I wanna lend a hand. Send me."