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Kuwait joins the world in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela
December 14, 2013, 4:44 pm
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H E Sheikh Ali Al Jarrah signing the book of condolence at the embassy

The South African embassy in Kuwait opened a Book of Condolence on the sad demise of the country’s anti-apartheid hero and former president Nelson Mandela. The 95-year old leader and Nobel Prize laureate who led his country after the fall of apartheid passed away on Thursday, 5 December at his home in Johannesburg.

The Book of Condolence was open from December 8 to 12 at the embassy. Scores of diplomats, dignitaries and members of the public turned up at the chancery to express their sorrow on the demise of the world’s icon of fight for freedom and equality.

Leaders from around the world joined tens of thousands of South Africans on 10 December for a national memorial service in Johannesburg. His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a condolence cable to the South African President Jacob Zuma, expressing his profound grief over the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

In his cable, His Highness the Amir said the world has lost an anti-apartheid icon who contributed to establishing the principles of justice and equality and would be remembered by the people of South Africa and the world as a national leader. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah also sent condolence cables to the president of South Africa.

At least 100,000 people saw the former South African president's body lying in state in Pretoria over the last three days, but some had to be turned away.

On Saturday, 14 December, Mr. Mandela's coffin, draped with the ANC flag, was taken to the airport from a mortuary in the city to be flown to Mthatha airport in the Eastern Cape Province ahead of the burial on Sunday at his ancestral home in Qunu.

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