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Tributes to Mandela


Leaders are paying tribute to Nelson Mandela following his death.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

“Nelson Mandela was a singular figure on the global stage — a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement, a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration. I am profoundly saddened by his passing.”


Former U.S. President Bill Clinton leans down to whisper to former South Africa President. Picture: Getty Images for the Clinton Foundation

“Today the world has lost one of its most important leaders and one of its finest human beings. History will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion for human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation.”


Chinese President Xi Jinping. Picture: RIA Novosti /Sergei Guneev

“Chinese people would always remember his extraordinary contribution to the development of bilateral relations and the cause of human progress.”


David Cameron and Nelson Mandela in 2008. Picture: PA

“Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time.”


FW de Kerk has joined local and world leaders in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela Picture: Getty Images / Tom Stoddart

 “It was an honour for me to have been able to work with Mr Mandela in the process that led to the adoption of the interim Constitution and our first democratic elections in April 1994.”


GoodLuck Jonathan the Nigerian President

“One of mankind’s greatest liberators.”


Australian Prime Minister of Tony Abbott pays tribute to Nelson Mandela as “one of the great figures of the last century”. Source: ABC News

“Nelson Mandela was one of the great figures of Africa, arguably one of the great figures of the last century. And while I never met him, I did read that book A Long Walk To Freedom and I guess the impression we get of Nelson Mandela is someone who suffered but was not embittered but ennobled through that suffering.”


Two South African Nobel laureates greeting each other, President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Source: ANC Archives

“The sun will rise tomorrow, and the next day and the next. … It may not appear as bright as yesterday, but life will carry on,” the retired bishop said in a statement. To suggest that South Africa might go up in flames — as some have predicted — is to discredit South Africans and Madiba’s legacy.”

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