March 9, 2014
World leaders react to 'courageous' Mandela
President Barack Obama led reactions to the news that former South African President Nelson Mandela had passed away, hailing the late statesman as a leader who left his country with a legacy of freedom and peace with the world.
"He achieved more than could be expected of any man," Obama said at the White House shortly after the announcement of Mandela's death.
"Today he's gone home, and we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth," Obama said.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron also paid tribute to the anti-Apartheid, via Twitter. "A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time," the leader stated.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement: "Nelson Mandela was of the most honorable figures of our time. He was the father of his people, a man of vision, a freedom fighter who rejected violence. He set a personal example for his people in the long years he spent in prison.
"He was never arrogant. He worked to mend the tears in South African society and with his character managed to prevent outbursts of racial hatred. He will be remembered as the father of new South Africa and as an outstanding moral leader."