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Mandela 'a living legend'

2008-07-18 22:04

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Mandela: SA needs good leaders

Now as much as ever, South Africa needs disciplined leaders, Nelson Mandela has said at birthday celebration in Pretoria.

Moscow - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday congratulated anti-apartheid icon and former South African president Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday.

"In Russia you are well-known as an extraordinary politician and statesman, with great authority in your country and throughout the world," Medvedev wrote in a telegram to Mandela, the Kremlin said in a statement.

"For millions of people on the planet you became a symbol of resistance to racism and apartheid, a living legend who made a decisive contribution in the establishment of a democratic South Africa and greatly influenced the social and political development of the entire African continent."

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