If he was not here we would not have had peace in South Africa. POOL/REUTERS RELATED: OBAMA-CASTRO HANDSHAKE MORE THAN JUST A GESTURE Mandela emerged from 27 years in prison under the white racist government in 1990, appealed for forgiveness and reconciliation and became president in 1994 after the countrys first all-race democratic elections. He gave his inaugural address from the amphitheater, which Zuma named after him by decree. MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images Officers salute Mandela‘s coffin as it passes through South Africa. Mandela said at his inauguration: Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud. RELATED: PRESIDENT OBAMA POSES FOR A FUNERAL SELFIE Christopher Furlong/Getty Images A motorcade helps lead Mandela’s coffin to the Union Buildings.
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