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Britain honours Mandela, erects statue in his honour near parliament

Posted by African Press International on August 30, 2007

London (United Kingdom) One of the worlds leading celebrities, former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela, on Wednesday reminded the black British leaders in London of their responsibility to be role models to the young people in their communities, APA haslearnt.

He urged them to do more to tackle gang culture in inner cities, as well as help less fortunate youngsters.

Mandela, 89, was accompanied to London by his wife Graca Machel, to unveil a nine-foot bronze statue erected in his honour by the British government and located opposite the British Parliament in central London.

Speaking further, Mandela briefly reminisced on the apartheid era and said: “I am proud to be in No. 10!…the seat of the UK government.

He wittingly added: “My wife and I are happy to be here because, as you know, Britain was one of our rulers, but we overthrew them. We are on equal basis”.

During the occasion, British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown eulogised the ageing statesman, describing him as the “greatest and most courageous leader of our generation”.

The event was officiated by Prime Minster Brown and the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.

Published by Korir, API*APN africanpress@chello.no tel+47 932 or+47 63 source.apa

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