Unfortunately, controversies surrounding his successors, such as South Africa's current president Jacob Zuma, sometimes fall short of Mandela's ideal. Yet his legacy set a high standard by which others will be measured in South Africa — and the rest of the world.
"What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human," Zuma said in a speech. "We saw in him what we seek in ourselves." Indeed. We also can see in him what we all should seek in our leaders.
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