FILE - This two-picture combination of file photos shows Nelson Mandela on Aug. 8, 2012, left, and President Barack Obama on May 31, 2013. It was as a college student that President Barack Obama began to find his political voice. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s struggle against South Africa’s apartheid government, the young Obama joined campus protests against the white racist rule that kept Mandela locked away in prison for nearly three decades. Now a historic, barrier-breaking figure himself, Obama will arrive in South Africa Friday to find a country drastically transformed by Mandela’s influence, and a nation grappling with the beloved 94-year-old’s mortality. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - This two-picture combination of file photos shows Nelson Mandela on Aug. 8, 2012, left, and President Barack Obama on May 31, 2013. It was as a college student that President Barack Obama began to find his political voice. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s struggle against South Africa’s apartheid government, the young Obama joined campus protests against the white racist rule that kept Mandela locked away in prison for nearly three decades. Now a historic, barrier-breaking figure himself, Obama will arrive in South Africa Friday to find a country drastically transformed by Mandela’s influence, and a nation grappling with the beloved 94-year-old’s mortality. (AP Photo/File)

Obama wishes conveyed to Madiba - Machel

By SAPA Time of article published Jun 29, 2013

Share this article:

 Johannesburg - Graca Machel, the wife of ailing former president Nelson Mandela on Saturday said she drew strength from messages of support from United States president Barack Obama and his family.

In a statement, Machel said she spoke to the Obamas on the telephone.

“Having taken the time to telephone me to express their solidarity and meet our children, they have added a touch of personal warmth that is characteristic of the Obama family,” she said.

“I am humbled by their comfort and messages of strength and inspiration which I have already conveyed to Madiba.”

Obama met privately with members of the Mandela family at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory shortly after concluding bilateral talks with President Jacob Zuma.

Machel wished the Obama's - who were accompanied by their two daughters - an enjoyable visit to South Africa. - Sapa

Share this article: