US PRESIDENT BARACK Obama has paid tribute to his personal political hero, following the death, aged 95, of former South African leader Nelson Mandela.
Speaking from the White House, he said the anti-apartheid leader had achieved “more than could be expected of any man”.
“Today he has gone home,” Obama said. “He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages.”
America’s first black president mourned Mandela as a “profoundly good” man who “took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice”.
“We will not likely see the like of Nelson Mandela again,” Obama said, hailing the leader for his “fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others”.
Includes reporting from AFP.