Nelson Mandela 'knew his ability to inspire people' the former US president Bill Clinton said in an interview for US television.
Mr Clinton said: "He was a very, very effective president and he knew his ability to inspire people around the world, would only endure, if he could prove that there was not only freedom and forgiveness, but that it worked better for society that when people worked together, good things happen."
Mr Clinton was interviewed by Brian Williams for NBC News.
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The rugby captain whose handshake with Nelson Mandela came to define the progress of post-apartheid South Africa pays tribute to his idol.