Nelson Mandela is among those who have walked in the footsteps of Barack Obama and understand the importance of breaking the chains of hatred in a society. He reached out not just to Barack Obama but to the American people with a message of hope. “Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place. We note and applaud your commitment to supporting the cause of peace and security around the world and that you will also make it the mission of your presidency to combat the scourge of poverty and disease everywhere. We are sure you will ultimately achieve your dream of making the United States of America a full partner in a community of nations committed to peace and prosperity for all.”
Other leaders of South Africa echoed the words of a man who did more than most in demonstrating how those who have suffered can attain power with love in their hearts.