JUNE 29 - Presidents Jacob Zuma and Barack Obama pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at a news conference in Pretoria, South Africa. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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The condition of ailing anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela dominated a visit to South Africa by U.S. President Barack Obama.
At a joint news conference on Saturday (June 29), South African President Jacob Zuma and U.S. President Obama praised Mandela's legacy.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT, JACOB ZUMA, SAYING:
"Our beloved former President, Nelson Mandela, the founding president of our democracy who is much loved by our people and the world. The two of you are also bound by history as the first black presidents of your respective countries. Thus you both carry the dreams of millions of people in Africa and in the diaspora."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING:
"Madiba's moral courage, this country's historic transition to a free and democratic nation, has been a personal inspiration to me, it has been an inspiration to the world, and it continues to be."
President Obama will meet with relatives of Mandela later on Saturday, but he will not visit the hospital where the former South African president is critically ill, the White House said.