'Greatest man that has ever walked this earth'

Johannesbug - A selection of quotes from the Nelson Mandela memorial service:

"I am here to say farewell to the greatest man that has ever walked this earth." - Pensioner Pauline Thithi, from Mzimhlophe, speaking at the Orlando Stadium.

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"I took my children, including my disabled son Ivan, and Madiba was so kind and sweet to them. I got a picture of them, and that is a picture I will treasure for the rest of my life." - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Mandela's visit to London.

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"Obama and Cuba: I think it will be quite exciting." - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on the dynamics of some of the world leaders at the memorial service, at the FNB Stadium in Soweto.

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"We are talking about Madiba here, so there is no margin for error." - Police ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi on security measures for the service at the FNB Stadium.

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"Mandela was a great mentor. He is like Mahatma Gandhi. He is a reconciler." - Businessman Stephen Salmon from Cresta, Randburg.

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"How do you pay back a man like Madiba? No amount of money can pay his love for his people. I had to be here to pay my respects and thank Tata for what he had done for us." - Tshepo Moeketsi from Magaliesburg.

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"When we leave here, we will be better and different people than we were before." - Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane on the expected affect of the 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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