Ian Khama pays tribute to Madiba

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A woman holding a candle and a rose cries outside the house of former South African president Nelson Mandela following his death in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

Johannesburg - Botswana President Ian Khama extended his condolences on Friday to the people of South Africa and the Mandela family at the death of former president Nelson Mandela.

“Madiba was indeed a remarkable figure. His consummate belief and steadfast commitment to the fundamental principles of liberty, justice and equality was immense,” Khama said in a statement.

He said Mandela's strong moral standing and deep intolerance for human suffering of any kind, was and would continue to be inspirational.

“His perseverance and tenacious fight against oppressive rule led to the eventual liberation of the people of South Africa, and the birth of the rainbow nation.

“The world has surely lost an exceptionally great man and one of the greatest leaders of our time,” he said.


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