Mandela gets honorary Canadian citizenship

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela was Monday conferred with an honorary Canadian citizenship on the recommendation of the Canadian House of Commons.
Conferring the award on Mandela at the Canadian Museum of Modern Civilisations, Prime Minister Jean Chretien described him as an extra-ordinary person.
Chretien said Mandela has continued to work for justice and peace since he retired from office after serving as South Africa's first democratically-elected President.
Mandela, who was freed in 1990 after 27 years in jail, to become South Africa's first post-apartheid President in 1994, thanked Canada for its support in the fight against apartheid.
The former South African leader is a recipient of many awards, including the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize.

20 november 2001 10:03:00




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