SA has lost its father: Anant Singh

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Film producer Anant Singh poses for photographs during the launch of the movie trailer of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, September 17 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

Johannesburg - South Africa has lost its father, an exceptional human being and a hero to the world, film-maker Anant Singh said in a tribute to former president Nelson Mandela on Friday.

“There has never been anyone quite like him and there will never be (again),” Singh said in a statement.

“We should be inspired by his life and celebrate him with our love. We will all miss him dearly.”

Just before midnight on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela, 95, had died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg.

“He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 8.50pm on December 5,” Zuma said.

“He is now resting, he is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son.”

The autobiographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, produced by Singh, was released in South Africa last month.


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