President Cyril Ramaphosa and his predecessor Jacob Zuma used yesterday's Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations to tell the rest of the world that the iconic statesman never sold out anyone or anything.
Instead, they argued that he paved the way by bringing political freedom.
"He never had it in him to sell [out] anything," said Ramaphosa. "What he created was a platform to continue with the struggle. He enabled the future."
Zuma insisted that Madiba had fought for the country, made sacrifices and became the longest-serving prisoner.