Memorial



Barack Obama on Nelson Mandela's Memorial - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "to the people of South Africa - people of every race and walk of life"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "his struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "your democracy is his cherished legacy"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "born during world war one, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by elders of his Thembu tribe"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement - a movement that at its start held little prospect of success"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "like King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed, and the moral necessity of racial justice"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "like America's founding fathers, he would erect a constitutional order"

 

 

 


 

 

 

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  • "to preserve freedom for future generations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is tempting then to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "instead, he insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""I'm not a saint," he said, "unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it was precisely because he could admit to imperfection"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "because he could be so full of good humour, even mischief, despite the heavy burdens he carried"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that we loved him so"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that is why we learned so much from him - that is why we can learn from him still"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for nothing he achieved was inevitable"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness; persistence and faith"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he tells us what's possible not just in the pages of dusty history books"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but in our own lives as well"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Mandela showed us the power of action"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of taking risks on behalf of our ideals"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he accepted the consequences of his actions"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "knowing that standing up to powerful interests and injustice carries a price"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Mandela taught us the power of action, but also ideas"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the importance of reason and arguments"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the need to study not only those you agree with"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but those who you don't"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he learned the language and customs of his oppressor so that one day he might better convey to them"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "how their own freedom depended upon his"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Mandela demonstrated that action and ideas are not enough - no matter how right"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they must be chiselled into laws and institutions"

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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  • "true to his vision of laws that protect minority as well as majority rights"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the precious freedoms of every South African"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "finally, Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is a word in South Africa - Ubuntu - that describes his greatest gift:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "his recognition that we are all bound together"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in ways that can be invisible to the eye"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is a oneness to humanity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we remember the gestures, large and small - introducing his jailors as honoured guests at his inauguration"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "taking the pitch in a Springbok uniform - that revealed the depth of his empathy and understanding"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he taught millions to find that truth within themselves"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with honesty, regardless of our station or circumstance, we must ask:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "how well have I applied his lessons in my own life ?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is a question I ask myself - as a man and as a President"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for around the world today, we still see children"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "suffering from hunger, and disease"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we, too, must act on behalf of justice"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we, too, must act on behalf of peace"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the questions we face today - how to promote equality and justice"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to uphold freedom and human rights"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Nelson Mandela reminds us that"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it always seems impossible until it is done"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we can choose to live in a world defined not by our differences, but by our common hopes"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we can choose a world defined not by conflict, but by peace and justice and opportunity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "you can make his life's work your own"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he speaks to what is best inside us"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"it matters not how strait the gate"

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"how charged with punishments the scroll"



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"I am the master of my fate"

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"I am the captain of my soul"


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  • "what a great soul it was"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we will miss him deeply"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "may God bless the memory of Nelson Mandela"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nelson Mandela's Memorial
- the Guardian:
LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "there were presidents and prime ministers, tens of thousands of people and an endless torrent of words"

 

 

 

 

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  • "but one man was missing, both physically and figuratively:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Nelson Mandela himself"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the former South African president's body was not brought to the national memorial service in Johannesburg"

 

 

 

 

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  • "his voice was not heard over the loudspeakers"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and in a peculiarly rambling, rain-soaked event that got bogged down in domestic politics"

 

 

 

 

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  • "at times it felt as if Mandela's soul was absent too"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "nearly a hundred heads of state had travelled from all corners of the world to remember Mandela"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but it did not ride the spontaneous wave of emotion witnessed on the streets in recent days"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nelson Mandela brought home to Qunu - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "in perfect summer sunshine"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Mandela's casket was undraped, blessed and lowered into the soil from which he sprang"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Last Post was sounded as the casket was lowered at 12.40pm"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the rest was silence"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "everyone was just looking at it quiet"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Mandela was laid to rest under a black marble headstone with a white inscription giving his name"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the dates 18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013, his clan names and the simple entreaty"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "rest in peace"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Francois Pienaar - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the Captain of the 1995 Rugby World Cup Winners recalled the hardline white attitudes that shaped his childhood:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in my little world, I grew up in an Afrikaner community, went to an Afrikaner school, spoke only Afrikaans"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "you believed the publicity of the day"

 

 

 

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  • "and the press told the stories that the ruling party of the day in particular wanted to be told"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I remember when I heard Nelson Mandela's name mentioned at barbecues or dinner parties"

 

 

 

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  • "the word "bad man" was an umbilical cord almost to his name"

 

 

 


 

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  • "as a young kid I wish I'd had questions about it, but I never did"

 

 

 

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  • "I just thought that guy's maybe not a good guy, because sadly we didn't engage with our parents"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "you didn't ask questions like why black kids don't go to school with you, why is it just all white ?"

 

 

 

 

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  • "that's how you grew up, which is very wrong and very sad"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I wish I'd had the courage of conviction to ask questions, but I didn't"

 

 

 

 

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  • "it's about exposure"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it was only when Pienaar went to university on a sports scholarship that he found himself exposed to different cultures"

 

 

 

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  • "speaking English and having debates about politics and the country's future"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""we'd just gone through 1985, a very dark year in South Africa's history, so it was topical at university"

 

 

 

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  • "there were talks and rumours about Mr. Mandela being released and white South Africans feared the worst"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "many were very conservative South Africans who were stocking up on food, thinking it's going to be Armageddon"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "then he came out and he didn't"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the conservative people were: "we're just waiting for this to happen""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it never happened"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Mandela's release and the fall of apartheid meant an end to international sanctions and sporting boycotts"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a year after the first multiracial democratic election in 1994, the country hosted the Rugby World Cup"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "traditionally an Afrikaner sport that saw black people cheering for the opposition"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but Mandela understood the importance of surprise and the grand gesture"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he resisted pressure to scrap the springbok, the team's despised emblem, and rallied the nation around the players"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "during those six weeks what happened in this country was incredible"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I'm still gobsmacked when I think back to the profound change that happened"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we started obviously with a great leader with a fantastic vision who realised that sport is important for the Afrikaner white community and to earn their respect and trust"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "on the other side I have such a respect for what he had to go through in the African National Congress because the springbok was a symbol of apartheid"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the majority of South Africans never supported the Springboks, so to ask them to support them for the first time was a massive ask"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "through the course of those six weeks, because he asked them"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and we came to the party in terms of playing good rugby and building a nice momentum towards the final"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "things happened in South Africa that were just magical"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for the final there were 63,000 people in the stadium and 62,000 were white"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with a stroke of PR genius, Mandela appeared in the green-and-gold"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Springbok jersey and cap"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it's well documented that Mr. Mandela walked out into Ellis Park in front of a predominantly white crowd"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "very much an Afrikaner crowd, wearing a springbok on his heart"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and how they shouted, "Nelson, Nelson, Nelson !""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "because what he'd promised he delivered"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and when the final whistle blew"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this country changed for ever"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it's incomprehensible"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it's a time for celebration, celebrating what he did and what he stood for, and also time for reflection and mourning"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "hopefully it will be tears of joy that South Africa has been so blessed to have a man who put us on a very important road"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and just hope the leaders following him will not only use his name for effect"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but because they truly believe in what he stood for"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and build on that"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trauerfeier für Mandela - der Standard:
LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "in der Soccer City, bekam Mandela tosenden Applaus, als er anlässlich der Fußball-WM 2010 die Welt grüßte"

 

 

 

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  • "jetzt ist die Welt angereist, um ihm die letzte Ehre zu erweisen"

 

 

 

 

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  • "rund 100 Staats- und Regierungschefs, Könige und Königinnen sind versammelt"

 

 

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  • "es ist eine unglaubliche Ehre, heute bei euch zu sein, um ein Leben wie kein anderes zu feiern"

 

 

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  • "sagt Barack Obama, der erste afrikanischstämmige US-Präsident, unter jubelndem Beifall"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Mandela bewirkte auch, dass ich ein besserer Mensch werden wollte"

 

 

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  • "und wie gut haben wir seine Lehren in unser Leben eingebunden ?"

 

 

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  • "das frage ich mich als Mann und als Präsident"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Ideale sind nicht genug: sie müssen in Gesetze und in Verfassungen einfließen"

 

 

 

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  • "beim Salut vor einem "Giganten der Geschichte", vergleicht Obama die südafrikanische Ikone mit Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King und Abraham Lincoln"

 

 

 

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  • "und würdigt ihn als den letzten großen Befreier des 20. Jahrhunderts"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abschied von Mandela - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "in Qunu hat das Staatsbegräbnis für den verstorbenen Freiheitskämpfer Nelson Mandela begonnen"

 

 

 

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  • "4500 Gäste waren auf das Familienanwesen gekommen, um vom ersten schwarzen Präsidenten des Landes Abschied zu nehmen"

 

 

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  • "zu der Beisetzung selbst sind weder Gäste noch Journalisten zugelassen"

 

 

 

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  • "alte Rituale des Xhosa-Volkes werden vollzogen"

 

 

 

 

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  • "damit Mandelas Geist seinen Frieden findet"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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wir sind noch nicht dort angelangt, wo Mandela hinwollte - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "Elizabeth, eine Krankenschwester, sagt, die großen Feierlichkeiten und die Art, wie sie begangen wurden"

 

 

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  • "erinnern die jetzige Regierung genau daran, was sie zu tun hat"

 

 

 

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  • "nicht aufs Geld schauen, sondern als gutes Beispiel vorangehen - das vor allem ist den Menschen in Südafrika wichtig"

 

 

 

 

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  • "wir sind noch nicht dort angelangt"

 

 

 

 

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  • "wo Mandela hinwollte"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "wir sind eine Nation"

 

 

 

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  • "wir können Verantwortung übernehmen und unsere Träume erfüllen"

 

 

 

 

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