Tanzanians remember Nelson Mandela

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA)   - The news of the death of Nelson Mandela did not come as a shock to many people here, but it has deeply touched their hearts as the passing of any great leader would do.

“The light which shone all over Africa and indeed the world has been extinguished,” remarked a Tanzanian who watched the news of Mandela’s passing on foreign TV channels Thursday night.

“As Africans, we'll miss this man of high dignity, humility and forgiveness never seen before. Madiba came out from Robin Island where he had been incarcerated by South Africa’s apartheid regime for 27 years,” said Aseri Katanda.

To Africa and the rest of the world, Mandela remains an icon who, as one observer here told PANA, “did not disappoint his people and gave hope to the world.”

Mandela, who was South Africa's first black President (1994-1999), died peacefully in his Johannesburg home at 20h50 local time, the South African Presidency announced.

He died about three months after he was discharged from a long stay in hospital, where he was treated for a recurring lung infection.
-0- PANA AR/SEG 6Dec2013

06 december 2013 06:03:30

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