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The second was Mandela’s deep sense of duty and a warm sense of respect for the people he led and the movement to which he had been of selfless service. Contrast that to the arrogance of some of the triumphant nationalist leaders who rewrote history for their own purposes and reduced the movements that had brought them into power into massive voices of sycophancy and intolerance.
The third feature was Mandela’s eminently sane relationship to power. It never got into his head.
The fourth was his commitment to democracy and rule of law.
Mandela was the one individual of and to whom it can be said the African continent was unanimously proud and infinitely grateful.
-- Malawian freedom fighter Thandika Mkandawire on Mandela's impact on all of Africa. Read full post.