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Mandela family appreciates the support

A placard showing a picture of Nelson Mandela is seen on the pavement outside the FN) Stadium. Photo: Reuters

A placard showing a picture of Nelson Mandela is seen on the pavement outside the FN) Stadium. Photo: Reuters

Published Dec 10, 2013

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Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela's grandchildren were cheered as they took the stage to pay tribute to their grandfather at FNB stadium on Tuesday.

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"We salute you," his granddaughter Andile Mandela said.

She thanked all the heads of state who flew to South Africa to come pay tribute to Mandela.

The anti-apartheid icon had 18 grandchildren.

Three grandchildren gave short tributes.

The family of former president Nelson Mandela thanked the world for its support following his death.

“We take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude for the support,” General Thanduxolo Mandela said on behalf of Mandela's family.

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He described Mandela as a great, yet humble man who had believed in the equality of all.

“To him, life was all about service to others and setting those in bondage free.

“We were blessed to be associated with this amazing icon.”

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The general urged the country to continue to support and pray for the family, and to keep Mandela's dream alive.

“We the Mandela family... commit ourselves to the values and ideas Mandela stood for,” he said. - Sapa

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