UN chief pays last respects to Nelson Rolihlahla MandelaListen /
"South Africa has lost a father. The world has lost a beloved friend and mentor".
That's what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the memorial for the late South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at a packed stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
The Secretary-General said the United Nations stood side by side with Mandela and the people of South Africa in the fight against apartheid.
"Nelson Mandela is at rest, his long walk complete. Let us now be guided and inspired by the spirit he awakened in all of us — the flame of human rights — the beacon of hope." (21")
A number of heads of state and government from around the world attended the memorial service.
Secretary-General Ban said their presence is an example of Mandela's "awesome power of forgiveness and of connecting people with each other and with the true meaning of peace."
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations