Lt Gen Themba Matanzima
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Nelson Mandela death: 'He will always be with us'

Nelson Mandela's family has given a first public statement since his death, praising the anti-apartheid icon's role as a political figure and within his own family.

"The pillar of our family the gone," family spokesman Lt Gen Themba Matanzima said, "but in our hearts and souls he will always be with us".

Lt Gen Matanzima also likened the late president to a baobab tree, "that provided the comforting shade that served as protection and security".

  • 07 Dec 2013
  • From the section Africa
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