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An emotional eulogy by Mandela's close friend

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 01:35

Dec. 15 - Mandela's close friend Ahmed Kathrada, who was in prison with the anti-apartheid leader, delivers an emotional eulogy. Michaela Cabrera reports.

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Ahmed Kathrada, a dear friend of Nelson Mandela. He spent 26 years behind bars, just one year short of Mandela's term. Both were veterans in the struggle against apartheid. In a funeral service in Qunu, Kathrada addressed his friend of 67 years, calling him their mutual nickname Madala. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANTI-APARTHEID VETERAN AND MANDELA'S FRIEND, AHMED KATHRADA, SAYING: "What do we say to you, Madala, in these days? The last final moments together, before you exit the public stage. Madala your abundant reserves of love, simplicity, honesty service care, forgiveness, justice, will continue serve as an example for South Africa." He said Mandela has joined the A-team of the African National Congress who have departed, including Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANTI-APARTHEID VETERAN AND MANDELA'S FRIEND, AHMED KATHRADA, SAYING: "Farewell my dear brother, my friend, my dear mentor. When walter died, I lost a father. Now, I lost a brother. My life is in a void, and I don't know who to turn to."

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An emotional eulogy by Mandela's close friend

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 01:35