‘Mandela turned hatred into reconciliation’

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Newspaper posters announcing the death of former president Nelson Mandela are displayed at a printing press in the early hours of the morning in Cape Town. Picture: Mark Wessels

Geneva - United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay honoured Nelson Mandela for having led oppressed citizens into a post-apartheid era that was marked by reconciliation rather than revenge.

“He told us to throw our spears and guns into the sea,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a South African of Indian descent.

“He told us to set aside our desire for vengeance and work for a South Africa not just free of racism, but free of all types of discrimination,” she said.

Pillay defended anti-apartheid activists as a lawyer and was appointed by Mandela as the first black female judge on South Africa's High Court.


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