AU praises 'pan-African icon' Mandela

2013-12-06 15:18

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Cape Town – The African Union has mourned the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela and ordered its flags to fly at half-mast as it praised the "pan-African icon", a report says.

According to eNCA, AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said Mandela had "fought a good fight and bowed out with great reverence".

Dlamini-Zuma said Mandela’s passing was a great loss to his family and the continent.

Mandela died on Thursday at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. He was 95.

Dlamini-Zuma said Mandela symbolised the spirit of pan-Africanism and solidarity in the struggles of humanity against apartheid oppression and colonialism.

Presidents Joyce Banda of Malawi, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria also expressed their condolences.

Zimbabwe’s former president Morgan Tsvangirai also expressed his sadness, saying Africa must uphold Mandela’s legacy, adding that the continent "should continue to produce more Mandelas".

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

- Share your memories of Nelson Mandela with us.

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