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South Sudan Mourns Nelson Mandela

  • Nelson Mandela smiles for photographers at his home in Johannesburg September 22, 2005.
  • Nelson Mandela and his then wife, Winnie, salute well-wishers as he leaves Victor Verster prison on Feb. 11, 1990.
  • This undated photograph shows Nelson Mandela and his former wife, Winnie.
  • South African State President Frederik Willem de Klerk and Deputy President of the African National Congress Nelson Mandela prior to talks, Cape Town, May 2, 1990.
  • Nelson Mandela, is seen as he gives the black power salute to 120,000 ANC supporters in Soweto's Soccer City stadium, Feb. 13, 1990.
  • Then-African National Congress President Nelson Mandela salutes the crowd in Galeshewe Stadium near Kimberley, South Africa, Feb. 25, 1994.
  • Nelson Mandela and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II ride in a carriage outside Buckingham Palace on the first day of a state visit to Britain, July 9, 1996.
  • President Nelson Mandela and Britain's Prince Charles shake hands alongside members of the Spice Girls, Nov. 1, 1997.
  • Former U.S President Bill Clinton and former South African President Nelson Mandela speak during a Gala night in Westminster Hall, London, July 2, 2003.
  • Oscar winning South African actress Charlize Theron weeps at her meeting with former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, March 11,2004.
  • Nelson Mandela and his wife, Graca Machel, wave to the audience during a Live 8 concert in Johannesburg, July 2, 2005.
  • Nelson Mandela jokes with youngsters as they celebrate his 89th birthday at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in Johannesburg, July 24, 2007.
  • Former South African president Nelson Mandela, center, followed by his grandson Mandla Mandela, rear right, arrives at the ceremony in Mvezo, South Africa, April 16, 2007.
  • Nelson Mandela waves to the media as he arrives outside 10 Downing Street, London, August 28, 2007.
  • Nelson Mandela waves as he arrives to attend the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto.
  • Nelson Mandela poses for a photograph after receiving a torch to celebrate the African National Congress' centenary in his home village Qunu, May 30, 2012.
Nelson Mandela
Charlton Doki
South Sudan on Friday announced three days of mourning following the death of anti-apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

President Salva Kiir, who is attending a conference in France, called for the South Sudanese flag to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings in the country and at diplomatic missions abroad, government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth told reporters in Juba.

"Mandela’s death is a loss not only for his immediate rainbow nation but also for Africa and the whole world because he had become the epitome of love, freedom, equality, tolerance and multi-racial co-existence,” Makuei said.

Kiir has sent a letter of condolences to South African President Jacob Zuma, he said.

Mandela died peacefully on Thursday at his home near Johannesburg. He was 95.

Makuei called the South African giant "an icon of peace and upright political leadership" whose life and legacy inspire all Africans.

Hailing Mandela’s contribution to global peace as immeasurable, Makuei said the whole world will miss him.

He urged South Africans to take solace in the contribution Mandela made toward building a democratic South Africa.

“From people torn apart by racism and violence, the people of South Africa now walk with their heads high up, thanks to the wisdom and vision of Nelson Mandela,” he said.

Bishop Santo Laku Pio of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Juba called Mandela "a father of this continent who openly forgave and sincerely lived his forgiveness to the end of his life" and urged South Sudan to learn from his example.

"We need to forgive as Mandela did... we need to forgive and we need to reconcile and forge a way ahead for a greater prosperity," he said, calling South Sudan and South Africa "a twin brother and sister" united in their separate struggles against oppression.

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