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Mandela's family: 'We have lost a great man'

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 7, 2013 at 10:43 a.m.

JOHANNESBURG — In their first statement since his death, Nelson Mandela's family says they've "lost a great man, a son of the soil."

Lt. Gen. Temba Templeton Matanzima, a spokesman for the Mandela family, read the statement to journalists Saturday in Johannesburg.

The statement said: "The pillar of the royal Mandela family is no more with us physically, but his spirit is still with us."

The statement went on: "We have lost a great man, a son of the soil whose greatness in our family was in the simplicity of his nature in our midst -- a caring family leader who made time for all and on that score we will miss him dearly."

Mandela died Thursday at age 95.

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aimee says... December 7, 2013 at 1:09 p.m.

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
~ Nelson Mandela

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