Obama thanks SA for sharing Mandela

2013-12-10 13:49
US President Barack Obama speaks at Nelson Mandela's memorial service. (SABC, AP)

US President Barack Obama speaks at Nelson Mandela's memorial service. (SABC, AP)

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Johannesburg - The world thanks South Africa for sharing former president Nelson Mandela with the world, US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

"It is an honour to be with you today, to celebrate a life like no other," he said.

"People of every walk of life, the world thanks you for sharing Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph."

Obama said Mandela was the last great liberator of the 20th century.

He was committed to democracy and rule of law, and received the adoration he deserved.

Madiba could admit to imperfection.

"We loved him so....He was a man of flesh and blood, a son and a husband...that's why we learnt so much from him."

He earned his place in history through the struggle.

He sent condolences to the Mandela family and South Africa.

- Share your thoughts and photos of the Mandela memorial service

Friends, colleagues, comrades and family of Nelson Mandela are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at Remembered.co.za.

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