President Sirleaf Joins Scores of Other World Leaders, in Johannesburg, at State Memorial Service for Former South African President, Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, 10th December 2013
Presidents Sirleaf of Liberia, Obama of the United States and Kikwete of Tanzania.
Presidents Sirleaf of Liberia, Obama of the United States and Kikwete of Tanzania.
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion

Johannesburg, South Africa - Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was on Tuesday among world leaders in attendance at the Memorial Service of South Africa's first anti-apartheid black leader, Nelson R. Mandela. The Liberian leader was accompanied by Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer, former Interim President and eminent statesman

According to a dispatch from South Africa, with more than one hundred Presidents and Heads of State and Government from around the globe in attendance, the Liberian leader received a thunderous applause from thousands of South Africans, who thronged the FNB National Sports Stadium in Johannesburg, when she was recognized by the National Master of Ceremony who announced that she was in attendance.

The Liberian leader and delegation had arrived in Johannesburg early Tuesday morning, and was met, on arrival, by a high-ranking South African Government representative.

On the sidelines of the Memorial Service, President Sirleaf interacted with U.S. President Barrack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, and Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma, among others.

In respect to the fallen campaigner and advocate of social justice, human rights and world peace, leaders from across the globe paid tribute to the life Mr. Mandela led, and recounted the positive examples he showed during his struggle for a non-racial South Africa.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it was worth celebrating rather than mourning a life so well lived, blended in a legacy that the world will always remember. He said the Rainbow Nation of South Africa represented the ideals Mandela stood for and exemplified.

U.S. President Obama said Mr. Mandela showed the world what true leadership represented, and added that it is time the world learns from the lessons Mandela often demonstrated in his life when faced with the huge struggles and challenges he endured.

South African President Jacob Zuma called on his compatriots to work towards building on the legacy of racial equality, human rights and democracy which Mr. Mandela left for South Africans. This would make South Africa more prosperous for all and a good example for the continent.