World leaders remember Mandela for legacy of peace, courage
Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 01:52
Dec. 5 - As news of Nelson Mandela's passing spreads, world leaders express their condolences and reflect on the legacy of the former South African president who broke racial barriers in a post-apartheid country. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Moments after South African President Jacob Zuma read the news...
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT, JACOB ZUMA, SAYING:
"Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rohlihla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed."
The world began to mourn.
At the White House, the flag was lowered to half staff.
Inside, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Mandela for his legacy of freedom and peace.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING:
"Nelson Mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. He achieved more than could be expected of any man. Today he has gone home. And we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. He no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages."
Mandela died at the age of 95 on Thursday after months of fighting a lung infection.
The illness dated back to the 27 years he spent in apartheid jails, including the notorious Robben Island penal colony.
The Nobel peace laureate earned a moment of silence at the U.N. Security Council and admiration from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON, SAYING:
"Nelson Mandela was a giant for justice and a down to Earth human inspiration. Many around the world were greatly influenced by his selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom."
The anti-apartheid hero will receive a full state funeral.
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