World leaders head to South Africa for memorial as Mandela tributes continue
Monday, December 09, 2013 - 01:35
Dec. 9 - Condolence books, flowers and speeches around the world mark latest outpouring of support for late South African leader Nelson Mandela. Nathan Frandino reports.
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His image is everywhere.
From the streets of South Africa to embassies around the world.
Supporters of the late Nelson Mandela are traveling near and far to pay tribute to the leader.
At the African National Congress in Johannesburg, a condolence book is running out of pages.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PULENG MABOEE, LOCAL RESIDENT, SAYING:
"What I have written in my book is in my heart and it is not enough, the way that Tata Mandela was. I think most of the people do not realize what Mandela was fighting for, because what Mandela was fighting for is what Jesus needs - people are one, people love each other."
South Africa's first black president died last week, prompting an outpouring of support across the globe.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the South African Embassy in Berlin, where she, too, gave her condolences in a book.
In the British parliament, speech after speech recognized Mandela's impact.
British Prime Minister David Cameron.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON, SAYING:
"Nelson Mandela was a towering figure in our lifetime, a pivotal figure in the history of South Africa and the world and it is right that we meet in this parliament to pay tribute to his character, his achievements and his legacy."
Back in South Africa, officials are preparing for Tuesday's memorial in Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already arrived for the service, and U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are on the way.
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