Mandela was "a giant for justice, equality and human rights" Ban Ki-moon

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paying respect to the late Nelson Mandela in South Africa. UN Photo/Rebecca Hearfield

Nelson Mandela who passed away on Thursday, 5 December, was "a giant for justice, equality and human rights".

That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, as tributes continue for the late South African leader.

The Secretary-General described the event as an occasion to "join together in sorrow for a mighty loss and in celebration of a mighty life."

"Nelson Mandela’s principled stand in defence of the fundamental equality of all human beings was decisive in dismantling the system of apartheid" Secretary Ban said.

"His remarkable compassion upon his release from prison after 27 years set South Africa immediately on a path of dialogue and reconciliation. He was a giant for justice, equality and human rights. He touched our lives deeply and taught us what is possible in Africa and across the world. Nelson Mandela was more than one of the greatest leaders of our time. He was a teacher." (29")

The UN Secretary-General said the late global icon and South African freedom fighter taught and practiced by example.

Jocelyn Sambira, United Nations.

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