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Nelson Mandela - what they said

06 december 2013, 14:32
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What the world is saying about the death of Nelson Mandela:

Politicians

-- US President Barack Obama: "He achieved more than could be expected of any man."

-- South African President Jacob Zuma: "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."

An image grab shows South African President Jacob Zuma holding a press briefing to announce the death of former president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013.

An image grab shows South African President Jacob Zuma holding a press briefing to announce the death of former president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013. ©AFP

-- Former South African president F.W. de Klerk: "I believe that his example will live on and that it will continue to inspire all South Africans to achieve his vision of non-racialism, justice, human dignity, and equality for all."

A file photo taken on December 10, 1993 shows Nelson Mandela (C), the President of the South African African National Congress and South African President Frederik de Klerk (R) displaying their Nobel Prizes after being awarded jointly for their work to end apartheid peacefully during a ceremony in Oslo. ©AFP

A file photo taken on December 10, 1993 shows Nelson Mandela (C), the President of the South African African National Congress and South African President Frederik de Klerk (R) displaying their Nobel Prizes after being awarded jointly for their work to end apartheid peacefully during a ceremony in Oslo. ©AFP

-- British Prime Minister David Cameron: "A great light has gone out in the world."

-- Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi: "He made us all understand that nobody should be penalised for the colour of his skin, for the circumstances into which he is born. He also made us understand that we can change the world."

-- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: "A giant among men has passed away. This is as much India's loss as South Africa's. He was a true Gandhian."

-- Chinese President Xi Jinping: "With arduous and extraordinary efforts, he led the people of South Africa to success in the struggle against apartheid, making a historic contribution to the birth and development of a new South Africa."

-- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: "Nelson Mandela was a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration."

This handout photo released by the United Nations photo service shows Secretary General Ban Ki Moon speaks to the media on the death of former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela.

This handout photo released by the United Nations photo service shows Secretary General Ban Ki Moon speaks to the media on the death of former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela.©AFP

-- Former US president Bill Clinton: "History will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion of human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation."

Former U.S President Bill Clinton (R) and former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) speak during a Gala night in Westminster Hall, London, July 2, 2003. The two men and Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair attended the Gala night on Wednesday to mark the centenary of the Rhodes Trust and the establishment of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.

Former U.S President Bill Clinton (R) and former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) speak during a Gala night in Westminster Hall, London, July 2, 2003. The two men and Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair attended the Gala night on Wednesday to mark the centenary of the Rhodes Trust and the establishment of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. ©Reuters

-- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan: "A source of inspiration to oppressed peoples all over the world."

-- Poland's Solidarity leader and former president Lech Walesa: "A great man has died."

-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "He will be remembered as the father of the new South Africa."

-- Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas: "The Palestinian people will never forget his historic statement that the South African revolution will not have achieved its goals as long as the Palestinians are not free."

Religion

-- Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "He was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison. He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves."

Chairman of the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) Archbishop Desmond Tutu (R) hands over the TRC report to South Africa's President Nelson Mandela at the State theater Building in Pretoria October 29.

Chairman of the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) Archbishop Desmond Tutu (R) hands over the TRC report to South Africa's President Nelson Mandela at the State theater Building in Pretoria October 29. ©Reuters/Peter Andrews

-- Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama: "The best tribute we can pay to him is to do whatever we can to contribute to honouring the oneness of humanity and working for peace and reconciliation as he did."

-- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby: "South Africa has lost its greatest citizen and its father. Nelson Mandela, fighting to the end, is freed to be with his God in joy and reward for his great service and sacrifice."

Sports

-- The South African Rugby Union: "He used the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the first major sporting event to be hosted in SA after the 1994 democratic elections, as an instrument of change to help promote unity amongst all South Africans."

A file photo taken on June 24, 1995 shows South African President Nelson Mandela congratulating South Africa's rugby team captain Francois Pienaar before handing him the Webb Ellis Cup after the 1995 Rugby World Cup final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.

A file photo taken on June 24, 1995 shows South African President Nelson Mandela congratulating South Africa's rugby team captain Francois Pienaar before handing him the Webb Ellis Cup after the 1995 Rugby World Cup final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.  ©AFP

-- South Africa's one-day cricket captain AB de Villiers: "Let us now, more than ever, stick together as a nation! We owe him that much."

-- Boxing great Muhammad Ali: "He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows. Today his spirit is soaring through the heavens. He is now forever free."

A boxing glove donated and signed by Laila Ali, daughter of retired heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali, is seen at the office of former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela at the newly renovated Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, Johannesburg, June 11, 2013.

A boxing glove donated and signed by Laila Ali, daughter of retired heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali, is seen at the office of former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela at the newly renovated Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, Johannesburg, June 11, 2013. ©Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko 

-- Former England football captain David Beckham: "We have lost a true gentleman and a courageous human being. It was truly an honour to have known a man who had genuine love for so many people."

Former South African President Nelson Mandela smiles as he holds up an England soccer shirt he was presented with by England soccer captain David Beckham on behalf of the team, during a meeting at Nelson Mandelas' Foundations office in Johannesburg May 21,2003.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela smiles as he holds up an England soccer shirt he was presented with by England soccer captain David Beckham on behalf of the team, during a meeting at Nelson Mandelas' Foundations office in Johannesburg May 21,2003. ©Reuters/Juda Ngwenya

-- Brazil football legend Pele: "He was my hero, my friend."

President Nelson Mandela (L) and the world's most famous footballer Pele smile for photographers at Union Buildings March 24. Pele, who is the Brazilian Minister of Sport, is in the country to organise a visit by the Brazilian World Cup team. REUTERS/ Juda Ngwenya

President Nelson Mandela (L) and the world's most famous footballer Pele smile for photographers at Union Buildings March 24. Pele, who is the Brazilian Minister of Sport, is in the country to organise a visit by the Brazilian World Cup team. ©Reuters/ Juda Ngwenya

-- English cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott: "I asked if he was a bowler or batsman. He smiled and said he was an all-rounder. I said 'I thought you were a God'."

Entertainers and celebrities

-- U2 singer Bono: "Without Mandela, would Africa be experiencing its best decade of growth and poverty reduction?"

Nelson Mandela hugs singer Bono at the

Nelson Mandela hugs singer Bono at the "46664" Aids benefit concert in Cape Town, November 29, 2003. "46664" refers to the prison number
allocated to Mandela during his long incarceration. ©Reuters/Mike Hutchings

-- Britain's Prince William (after attending the London premiere of the new film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"): "We were just reminded of what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was."

-- British actor Idris Elba (who plays Mandela in the film): "We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this Earth."

-- US actor Morgan Freeman (who played Mandela in the film "Invictus" about the 1995 Rugby World Cup): "Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century."

Actor Morgan Freeman poses at the Spanish premiere of director Clint Eastwood's film

Actor Morgan Freeman poses at the Spanish premiere of director Clint Eastwood's film "Invictus" in Madrid January 27, 2010. Freeman portrays Nelson Mandela in the film. ©Reuters/Juan Medina

-- South African actress Charlize Theron: "Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever."

Oscar winning South African actress Charlize Theron weeps at her meeting with former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton Johannesburg March 11,2004. REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya

Oscar winning South African actress Charlize Theron weeps at her meeting with former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton Johannesburg March 11,2004. ©Reuters/Juda Ngwenya

-- Former CNN interviewer Larry King: "He was so eloquent and classy."

Business leaders

-- Microsoft founder Bill Gates: "His grace and courage changed the world."

Bill Gates addresses teenagers at the

Bill Gates addresses teenagers at the "special youth forum on HIV/AIDS" in Johannesburg next to his wife Melinda Gates (R) September 22, 2003. Nelson Mandela (L), his wife Graca Machel (2nd L) and the Gates took part in the forum that was held to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. ©Reuters/ Juda Ngwenya

-- Virgin group founder Richard Branson: "Nelson Mandela redefined leadership. He showed that great things can be achieved by leading through wisdom, empathy and integrity, with no other agenda than humanity."

(L-R) Musician and activist Peter Gabriel, Professor Muhammad Yunus, former Pesident of Ireland Mary Robinson, former Secretary General of the U.N. Kofi Annan, former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmont Tutu and entrepreneur Richard Branson pose for photographers during a ceremony marking the 89th birthday of Mandela in Johannesburg July 18 2007. Mandela marked his birthday on Wednesday by launching an international group of elder statesmen, including fellow Nobel peace laureates Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter, to tackle the world's problems. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

(L-R) Musician and activist Peter Gabriel, Professor Muhammad Yunus, former Pesident of Ireland Mary Robinson, former Secretary General of the U.N. Kofi Annan, former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmont Tutu and entrepreneur Richard Branson pose for photographers during a ceremony marking the 89th birthday of Mandela in Johannesburg July 18 2007. Mandela marked his birthday on Wednesday by launching an international group of elder statesmen, including fellow Nobel peace laureates Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter, to tackle the world's problems.©Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko 

-- American billionaire Donald Trump: "Nelson Mandela and myself had a wonderful relationship -- he was a special man and will be missed."

-- World Bank president Jim Yong Kim: "The world has lost a man who brought a rainbow of possibilities to a country that was segregated into black and white."

 

Source:AFP

 


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