Ban Ki-moon hails 'human inspiration' Mandela

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Credit: Reuters

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed Nelson Mandela as a "down-to-earth human inspiration".

"Nelson Mandela was a singular figure on the global stage - a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement, a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration.

"I am profoundly saddened by his passing. On behalf of the United Nations, I extend my deepest condolences to the people of South Africa and especially to Nelson Mandela’s family and loved ones.

"Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world and within each one of us - if we believe, dream and work together."

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Three ex-PMs to join Cameron at Mandela memorial

Three previous Prime Ministers - Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown - are to join current PM David Cameron at the memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela in South Africa tomorrow, Downing Street said.