The Mandela memorial: key quotes

10th December 2013, Comments 0 comments

How Mandela was remembered at Tuesday's state memorial in Soweto:

-- US President Barack Obama: "He was not a bust made of marble, he was a man of flesh and blood." "It is hard to eulogize any man ... how much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation towards justice."

-- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: "He has done it again.... We see leaders representing many points of view, and people from all walks of life. All here, united." "He showed the awesome power of forgiveness -- and of connecting people with each other... the true meaning of peace."

-- General Thanduxolo Mandela, on behalf of the family: "Madiba was a great man but was humble in all things."

-- British Prime Minister David Cameron: "It is clear that people here in South Africa want to, yes, say goodbye to this great man, yes commemorate what he did but also celebrate his life and celebrate his legacy."

-- Andrew Mlangeni, Mandela friend and fellow Robben Island inmate: "Madiba is looking down on us now and is no doubt smiling as he watches his beloved countrymen and women celebrate his life and legacy."

-- ANC vice-president Cyril Ramaphosa: "When it rains when you are buried, it means your gods are welcoming you and the gates of heaven are most probably open as well."

© 2013 AFP

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