'Hamba Kahle Tata Madiba’
(Go well, Uncle Mandela)
“He was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison. He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves. He inspired us to walk the path of forgiveness and reconciliation and so South Africa did not go up in flames. Thank you, God, for this wonderful gift who became a moral colossus, a global icon of forgiveness and reconciliation. May he rest in peace and rise in glory."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu South African Social Rights Activist
"He went to school barefoot yet he rose to be one of the greatest leaders of the world. Today we say goodbye to South Africa's most famous son."
Cyril Ramaphosa African National Congress Leader
"Farewell, my dear brother. My life is a vacuum. I don't know who to turn to."
Ahman Kathrada Fellow Political Prisoner
"There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba's struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. Nothing he achieved was inevitable. In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness, persistence and faith.” Barack Obama U.S. President
"That we are Madiba's compatriots and that we lived in Madiba's time is a reason for great celebration."
Jacob Zuma South African President
"One man united an entire world, one man changed an entire world, one man with a moral force has shown that he is stronger than all armies, stronger than all forces. We shall remember him with love and appreciation and we shall not forget his personality because we need it to guide our lives in the future."
Shimon Peres Israeli President
"Mandela will not go down in history for the 27 years he spent behind bars... but because he was able to free his soul from the poison that such unjust punishment can cause."
Raul Castro Cuban Leader
"Mandela has done it again... We see leaders representing many points of view, and people from all walks of life. All here, united. He showed the awesome power of forgiveness and of connecting people with each other."
Ban Ki-Moon United Nations Secretary-General
"A giant among men has passed away. This is as much India's loss as South Africa's. He was a true Gandhian. His life and work will remain a source of eternal inspiration for generations to come. I join all those who are praying for his soul."
Manmohan Singh Indian Prime Minister
"He made us understand that we can change the world. We can change the world by changing attitudes, by changing perceptions. For this reason I would like to pay him tribute as a great human being who raised the standard of humanity."
Aung San Suu Kyi Myanmar Opposition Leader
"A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time."
David Cameron British Prime Minister