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Great man was a beacon for all ages and races

NELSON Mandela was uncompromising in his belief in and pursuit of freedom, equality and justice, and followed this pursuit with dignity, grace, strength and humility.

He did more than bring about the end of apartheid; to all peoples in political or religious rivalry, to all individuals in the midst of personal tragedy, he is, or should be, a beacon for the ages.

He always saw the bigger picture and embodied the most difficult of Christian precepts; he extended the hand of friendship and love to his erstwhile enemies.

The world is a poorer place.

STUART RUSSELL

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