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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Obama hails Mandela 'inspiration'

Published 28/06/2013 | 19:47

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US President Barack Obama and South African leader Jacob Zuma address a press conference in Pretoria (AP)
US President Barack Obama meets South African leader Jacob Zuma at the Union Building in Pretoria (AP)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife Tobeka Madiba Zuma in Pretoria (AP)

US President Barack Obama paid tribute to ailing former South African leader Nelson Mandela as an inspiration to himself and to the world.

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The transition to freedom and democracy in South Africa continues to shine as a beacon, Mr Obama said.

Speaking in Pretoria as part of his week-long visit to Africa, Mr Obama said: "My thoughts and those of Americans and people all around the world are with Nelson Mandela and his family, and all South Africans.

"The struggle here, against apartheid, for freedom, Madiba's (Mr Mandela's) moral courage, this country's historic transition to a free and democratic nation, has been a personal inspiration to me, it has been an inspiration to the world, and it continues to be, in so many regions that are divided by conflict, sectarian disputes, religious or ethnic wars, to see what happened in South Africa, the power of principle, and people standing up for what's right, I think continues to shine as a beacon."

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