What the world is saying about the death of Nelson Mandela

The death of our Father Nelson Mandela has has an effect on people across the world. Here’s what the world is saying about the passing of Nelson Mandela.

US President Barack Obama: "He achieved more than could be expected of any man."

US President Barack Obama: “He achieved more than could be expected of any man.”

Former South African president F.W. de Klerk: “I believe that his example will live on and that it will continue to inspire all South Africans to achieve his vision of non-racialism, justice, human dignity, and equality for all.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron: “A great light has gone out in the world.”

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi: “He made us all understand that nobody should be penalised for the colour of his skin, for the circumstances into which he is born. He also made us understand that we can change the world.”

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: “A giant among men has passed away. This is as much India’s loss as South Africa’s. He was a true Gandhian.”

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South African President Jacob Zuma: “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping: “With arduous and extraordinary efforts, he led the people of South Africa to success in the struggle against apartheid, making a historic contribution to the birth and development of a new South Africa.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: “Nelson Mandela was a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration.”

Former US president Bill Clinton: “History will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion of human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation.”

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan: “A source of inspiration to oppressed peoples all over the world.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "He was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison. He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “He was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison. He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves.”

Poland’s Solidarity leader and former president Lech Walesa: “A great man has died.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “He will be remembered as the father of the new South Africa.”

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas: “The Palestinian people will never forget his historic statement that the South African revolution will not have achieved its goals as long as the Palestinians are not free.”

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama: “The best tribute we can pay to him is to do whatever we can to contribute to honouring the oneness of humanity and working for peace and reconciliation as he did.”

South Africa's one-day cricket captain AB de Villiers: "Let us now, more than ever, stick together as a nation! We owe him that much."

South Africa’s one-day cricket captain AB de Villiers: “Let us now, more than ever, stick together as a nation! We owe him that much.”

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby: “South Africa has lost its greatest citizen and its father. Nelson Mandela, fighting to the end, is freed to be with his God in joy and reward for his great service and sacrifice.”

The South African Rugby Union: “He used the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the first major sporting event to be hosted in SA after the 1994 democratic elections, as an instrument of change to help promote unity among all South Africans.”

Boxing great Muhammad Ali: “He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows. Today his spirit is soaring through the heavens. He is now forever free.”

Brazil football legend Pele: “He was my hero, my friend.”

Former England football captain David Beckham: "We have lost a true gentleman and a courageous human being. It was truly an honour to have known a man who had genuine love for so many people."

Former England football captain David Beckham: “We have lost a true gentleman and a courageous human being. It was truly an honour to have known a man who had genuine love for so many people.”

English cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott: “I asked if he was a bowler or batsman. He smiled and said he was an all-rounder. I said ‘I thought you were a God’.”

U2 singer Bono: “Without Mandela, would Africa be experiencing its best decade of growth and poverty reduction?”

Britain’s Prince William (after attending the London premiere of the new film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”): “We were just reminded of what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was.”

US actor Morgan Freeman (who played Mandela in the film “Invictus” about the 1995 Rugby World Cup): “Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century.”

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British actor Idris Elba (who plays Mandela in the film): “We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this Earth.”

Former CNN interviewer Larry King: “He was so eloquent and classy.”

Microsoft founder Bill Gates: “His grace and courage changed the world.”

Virgin group founder Richard Branson: “Nelson Mandela redefined leadership. He showed that great things can be achieved by leading through wisdom, empathy and integrity, with no other agenda than humanity.”

American billionaire Donald Trump: “Nelson Mandela and myself had a wonderful relationship — he was a special man and will be missed.”

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim: “The world has lost a man who brought a rainbow of possibilities to a country that was segregated into black and white.”

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South African actress Charlize Theron: “Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever.”

President Jacob Zuma announcing former president Nelson Mandela’s death on Thursday night: ”He is now resting, he is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son.”

Dobsonville, Soweto, resident Lerato Hlongwane speaking outside Nelson Mandela’s former home in Vilakazi Street, Soweto: ”I think it was time that God excused him.”

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu: ”Certainly, he was exceptional, but the spirit of greatness that he personified resides in all of us.”

Western Cape premier Helen Zille: ”It is now our responsibility to take Mandela’s vision forward. We are not there yet. We still have a long way to walk.”

Dominic Sadie, 19, speaking outside Nelson Mandela’s Houghton, Johannesburg home: ”If it wasn’t for Mandela, I wouldn’t be chilling with my black friends. I love him.”

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille: ”The pain of letting go just seems too great. But in the end, we have to stop thinking about ourselves. After this man gave us so much, we have to let him rest.”

The Economic Freedom Fighters: ”Nelson Mandela fought tirelessly to gain political power, democracy, and freedom, and handed over the baton for those who had to fight for economic freedom.”

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