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World celebrates Nelson Mandela on 101st posthumous birthday

Political leaders and personalities across the world are celebrating the first democratically-elected President of South Africa Nelson Mandela on his 101st posthumous birthday.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner was born on this day July 18, 1918, a day that has been dedicated as the Nelson Mandela International Day by the United Nations. He died on December 5th 2013.

He was repeatedly arrested for seditious activities and in 1962 he was arrested and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment for conspiring to overthrow the state. He served 27 years in prison, and amid growing domestic and international pressure, and with fears of racial civil war, President F. W. de Klerk released him in 1990.

The UN declared July 18, the Nelson Mandela Day in November 2009 as a global call to action under the premise that everyone has the power to make an impact on the planet.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his tribute to Mandela described the anti-apartheid leader as an “extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality” who anyone in public service should emulate.

The President of Ireland, Michael Higgins also wrote via his verified Twiter handle,

US Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar also tweeted:


South African footballers Jannie Van Wyk and Itumeleng Khune also wrote:

 

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Mayor of Toronto in Canada, John Tory also paid tribute. He wrote via his Twitter handle:

 

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