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Shanghai pays its respects

People from many countries gathered at the Consulate-General of South Africa in Shanghai yesterday to mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela.

More than 100 people brought flowers, signed their names in a book of condolence and prayed for the former South African president.

Many of the visitors were from the diplomatic community but there were also a number of Chinese people who had come to pay their respects.

"In Mandela, they saw a human being who was from an ordinary background, propelled to greatness by extraordinary circumstances. They loved his humility, they loved his love for people, especially for children," said Thabo Thage, the South African consul general.

"I stand here today deliberating how to pay a tribute befitting a man who lived a large part of his life as a living legend and global icon, one of the most honored human beings in history, the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards," Thage said.



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