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Former ITV News presenter Sir Trevor McDonald, who was the first journalist to interview Nelson Mandela following his release from prison in 1990, has told Daybreak that one of the South African leader's strengths was his ability to compromise.
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Nelson Mandela was "an inspiration" for a "whole generation" and will most likely be remembered as "a giant", according to Labour MP David Lammy.
The Tottenham MP spoke fondly of the late South African President: "I can remember those images of hardship in South Africa of people suffering in places like Soweto.
"And the poster I had on my bedroom wall of Nelson Mandela, freedom fighter - a much younger man. We forget that when he came out in 1990 no one knew what he looked like."
Mr Lammy dubbed Mandela "a bigger figure than any politician" who would emerge as "the giant" of the 20th century because he lived to 95, when other freedom fighters like Martin Luther King Jr, were shot down in their prime."
American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said that Mr Mandela had been a "rare soul".
"Nelson Mandela was truly a transformative force in the history of South Africa and the world," he said.
"Every now and then a soul of rare vintage comes our way. That by circumstances, sacrifice and suffering, finds its way into the soul of our global culture, the family of man, and calls our better angels to fly.
"Such a soul is Nelson Mandela."
He added: "Imprisoned in Robben Island for 25 years and eight months, Mandela never lost faith that the South African people would win freedom. Suffering breeds character."
The Prince of Wales paid tribute to Nelson Mandela.
– Prince of Wales
Mr Mandela was the embodiment of courage and reconciliation. He was also a man of great humour and had a real zest for life.
With his passing, there will be an immense void not only in his family's lives, but also in those of all South Africans and the many others whose lives have been changed through his fight for peace, justice and freedom.
The world has lost an inspired leader and a great man. My family and I are profoundly saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
The Queen said today that she was "deeply saddened" by Nelson Mandela's death, saying he "worked tirelessly for the good of his country, and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today".
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "The Queen was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Nelson Mandela last night. He worked tirelessly for the good of his country, and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today.
"Her Majesty remembers with great warmth her meetings with Mr Mandela and sends her sincere condolences to his family and the people of South Africa at this very sad time."
Baroness Lawrence, the mother of murdered black teenager Stephen, has credited Nelson Mandela with "starting" the campaign to bring her son's killers to justice.
"When he came out and spoke that he expected young blacks to be murdered in South Africa, but he never expected that in this country," Doreen told Daybreak.
She added the campaign to bring the 18-year-old's killers would have floundered without Mandela: "I don't think anybody would have done anything about Stephen's murder. He was the one who started the campaign."
Doreen and Neville Lawrence met the former South African president when he visited Britain in 1993 and 1998.