Cricket South Africa pay tribute to Mandela

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“A democratic South Africa owes its success to Mandela”

Following the death of Nelson Mandela, Cricket South Africa have paid tribute to the country’s former leader by dedicating the national team’s ongoing series against India to him.

Mandela passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday night and Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani thanked him for playing a “pivotal role in the liberation of the people of our country from the injustices of the apartheid system”.

“Mandela played a pivotal role in the liberation of the people of our country from the injustices of the apartheid system,” Nenzani said. “A democratic South Africa owes its success to Mandela and that great generation of leaders who were his peers.

“The sporting world will remember him for his tireless efforts at uniting the various sporting codes in order to create a proud and united South African sporting front.

“CSA joins people all over the world in wishing the Mandela family peace and comfort during this difficult time. His life must teach us to be of service to those who are in less fortunate positions than us.

“In doing so we shall have paid an eternal tribute to this great man.

“Nothing assuredly gave him greater pleasure than being part of the team that brought the FIFA World Cup to South Africa in 2010 and seeing what a wonderful celebration of sport, comradeship and humanity the tournament was.

“CSA dedicates the current series against the Indian team to the memory of Mandela.”

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