AU assembly hall named after Madiba

2014-01-30 13:17

President Jacob Zuma made an unscheduled speech at the African Union (AU) assembly opening session after it was announced that the main assembly hall would be named after former South African president Nelson Mandela.

“Through this, you have made Madiba’s name to be placed among the greatest in the continent,” he told the heads of state assembled today.

He thanked African countries for standing by South Africa during the struggle, when many ANC leaders were exiled.

He also said even though Mandela carried a South African passport and was born in a small village, his influence extended beyond the borders.

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