Johannesburg - President Cyril Ramaphosa exalted Nelson Mandela as a symbol of humanity in a moving tribute to the country's revered former statesman.
He also poked fun at former US President Barack Obama dancing skills...or lack thereof.
Ramaphosa said: "I have laid in bed and dreamt of being like Madiba, Obama has achieved this. Nobel Peace Laureate, committment to empower young people. One area where he cannot match Madiba, he cannot dance as well as Madiba!
Speaking at the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Wanderers Stadium in Joburg on Tuesday afternoon, Ramaphosa enthused about the privilege he said he felt at being involved in a lecture which honours a man he called a selfless leader.
"His (Mandela's) most enduring accomplishment was to teach us what it means to be human," Ramaphosa said. "He taught us to strive, he taught us to struggle, strive and to serve, and to do so selflessly."