'Hamba Kahle Tata Madiba’

(Go well, Un­cle Man­dela)

Southasia - - TRIBUTE -

“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

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