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Neslon Mandela grandson message to president Tebboune following the inauguration of Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers

New Nelson Mandela Stadium is a symbol of the deep-rooted relationship between South Africa and Algeria.

Algiers, 12th January 2023: We were honoured to attend the opening ceremony of the African Nations Championship 2023 hosted by Algeria.

We thank President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, President of the Democratic Republic of Algeria, the government, and people of Algeria for inaugurating the new Nelson Mandela Stadium and wish them well for the championship (CHAN2023).

This is a timely reminder of the high regard in which President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is held in Algeria, the African continent and the world.

He regarded Algeria as his second home and the home of all revolutionaries on the African continent. We must honour this gesture by Algeria by continuing to strive for a united Africa and a better world.

Not only did President Mandela receive military training in Algeria but in doing so he redefined the course of our struggle against the Apartheid regime which led to the change in tactics from passivism to armed struggle and eventually precipitated our democratic breakthrough in 1994.

We salute the leadership and people of Algeria and thank them for their contribution to our freedom and for their continued solidarity on issues of strategic import especially support for the Palestinian struggle and the right of self-determination for the Sahrawi people.

We wish Algeria well for the African Nations Cup 2023 and call on the government of the Republic of South Africa to likewise reciprocate by honouring icons of the Algerian and African struggle against colonialist occupation.


Nkosi Zwelivelile

Royal House of Mandela

Mvezo Komkhulu

P.O. Box 126

Viedgesville 5102

Eastern Cape Province

South Africa

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