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South Africans celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela

Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 01:35

Dec. 5 - South Africans react to president Jacob Zuma's announcement of the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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South Africans are celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. Though they are saddened by the news of his death, his accomplishments are much more pronounced. Mourners gather outside of Mandela's house, and reflect on his legacy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED MOURNER, SAYING: "So I was very sad to hear the news but I'm also happy that he gets to rest in peace, you know it's good for him. But what he did for this country is amazing, he united us all together." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED MOURNER, SAYING: "I'm obviously, I'm very shocked, I'm saddened and it's really hurtful because yeah I was born in 1994 and he fought for everything." Although Mandela had been ailing for nearly a year, on Thursday South African president Jacob Zuma took to the airwaves and made it official. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT, JACOB ZUMA, SAYING: "...Nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, passion and humanity, earned him their love." As South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon, Mandela guided his country through bloodshed and turmoil to democracy. A legacy that will never be forgotten.

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South Africans celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela

Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 01:35

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