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South Africans mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela

Friday, December 06, 2013 - 01:07

Dec. 6 - Regular citizens and world leaders unite in expressions of loss and adoration for Nelson Mandela. Jennifer Davis reports.

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Residents of Soweto, the former home of Nelson Mandela, honored the anti-apartheid hero with bursts of dance and song. (SOUNDBITE) BOIKANYO TLADI, SOWETO RESIDENT, SAYING: "This is a moment for South Africans to celebrate the life of a legend you know." Others released white doves near the house of the late president and hundreds more paid respects with flowers, candles and prayer. (SOUNDBITE) DEBBIE ROUSSOU, JOHANNESBURG RESIDENT SAYING: "I think he was a great icon. He will be remembered in generations to come." Archbishop Desmond Tutu told those at a prayer service he gives thanks for Mandela's time on earth. (SOUNDBITE) ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU, SAYING: "Thank you for what he has enabled us to know we can become." And South Africa's last white president, F.W. de Klerk, who released Nelson Mandela from jail, praised his legacy. (SOUNDBITE) F.W. DE KLERK, FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT, SAYING: "I think he deserves the image as one of the greatest people on earth during the past century." They country has entered a period of mourning leading up to a planned state funeral next week.

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South Africans mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela

Friday, December 06, 2013 - 01:07