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Millions rejoice as Mandela turns 90

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Millions rejoice as Mandela turns 90


Children from Nelson Mandela’s old house in Soweto Orlando West have joined millions of people around the world in wishing him a wonderful 90th birthday.

In an interview at his home in Qunu, rural southeastern South Africa, Mandela said the only thing he wants is more wealth redistribution.

“Well, there are many people in South Africa who are rich, who can share those riches with people who are not so fortunate, who have not been able to conquer poverty,” he said.

Affectionally known by his tribal name, Madiba, Mandela has been described as the greatest statesman in South African history; the symbol of the fight against apartheid – he spent a total of 27 years in jail for conspiracy and sabotage.

His courage in captivity inspired millions, winning him admiration across the world.

The world said an early happy birthday to Nelson Mandela with a concert in London’s Hyde Park at the end of June.

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