South Africa news December 6, 2013

Cricket world pays tribute to Mandela

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The cricketing world has united to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died in Johannesburg on Thursday night. A minute's silence was observed in Adelaide and Dunedin, where Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies are playing Tests and statements poured in from across the globe.

In South Africa, the home team are currently hosting India on a month-long tour - the first match was on Thursday - but Mandela's death is unlikely to affect the scheduling of the series. Cricket South Africa announced that it had decided to dedicate the series to Mandela as a tribute.

CSA initially posted their tribute on Twitter, before Chris Nenzani, the CSA president, released a statement praising Mandela for bringing hope, stability and progress to South Africa. "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," he said.

Graeme Smith, South Africa's Test captain, said he felt privileged to have been able to spend time with Mandela. "As the captain I was very privileged to spend some time with him and I vividly recall telephone calls I received from him wishing us luck before a big match or event," Smith said. "He always gave simple but wise advice and this had a big impact on me as leader of the team."

South Africa's ODI captain, AB de Villiers, said Mandela's personal interest in the players was motivational: "We often felt, especially in my early days in the Proteas, that Madiba showed a personal interest in the team and in us as individual players. This motivated us to be better." (For more reactions click here.)

In Adelaide, meanwhile, the England and Australia teams, along with the crowd, observed a minute's silence before play resumed on the second day while both teams were also wearing black armbands. Across the Tasman, in Dunedin, the ground paused for a minute before the afternoon session began.

During his time as South Africa President, Mandela met with many of the teams who toured South Africa. In 1995 in Soweto he was introduced to Devon Malcolm, the England fast bowler, and said "I know you. You are the destroyer," in relation to Malcolm's performance at The Oval the previous year.

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  • on December 7, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    he is a legend

  • on December 7, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    RIP to Great MR. Mendela Salute

  • balajik1968 on December 7, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    You sir, now belong to eternity. I remember years back people standing in a Railway station in India asking others to sign a petition for your release. I signed that petition. I was one of many millions who must have signed. Somewhere I felt satisfied when you were released. I never saw you except on TV, the lasting image in my mind was one of a younger Mandela in a black and white photograph, sporting a beard. As much as I felt satisfied when you were released, I felt sorrow at your passing. Goodbye sir, yours was a life well lived, and deserves to be celebrated.

  • Shabir003 on December 6, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    President should be like him not like others president who just keep eyes on their chair.Nelson Mandela brings stability credibility in south africa.He will be rememberer forever and in the cricket arena of south africa.It is because of him we are seeing the greatest allrounder in cricket Jacques Kallis,fastest and fiersome dale steyn,atheltic and initivite Ab,as solid as amla today in cricket,as well as as smith pollock donald gibbs

  • on December 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    He has gone in pursuit of the birds of the sea. Uhambe kakuhle Madiba, and best wishes to his family that today is much larger than even the good people of Qunu.

  • on December 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Mandela was an honest man, a man of compassion, a man of vision and a man who listened to people, even his enemies.

  • on December 6, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Rest in Peace Sir.we all salute you

  • maazullah1997 on December 6, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    A great man.True Legend and loving for his country.Respect from Pakistan

  • devil_in_details on December 6, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Rest in peace, Dear Sir. Your life was an inspiration to people around the world. In our school books we used to read about Gandhi but could never see him in person so he was an abstract idea in so many ways. You however were someone I could watch live even though on a TV and be inspired from.

  • RMCroos on December 6, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    RIP to Mr.Mendela the world miss a great man!!!!

  • on December 7, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    he is a legend

  • on December 7, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    RIP to Great MR. Mendela Salute

  • balajik1968 on December 7, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    You sir, now belong to eternity. I remember years back people standing in a Railway station in India asking others to sign a petition for your release. I signed that petition. I was one of many millions who must have signed. Somewhere I felt satisfied when you were released. I never saw you except on TV, the lasting image in my mind was one of a younger Mandela in a black and white photograph, sporting a beard. As much as I felt satisfied when you were released, I felt sorrow at your passing. Goodbye sir, yours was a life well lived, and deserves to be celebrated.

  • Shabir003 on December 6, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    President should be like him not like others president who just keep eyes on their chair.Nelson Mandela brings stability credibility in south africa.He will be rememberer forever and in the cricket arena of south africa.It is because of him we are seeing the greatest allrounder in cricket Jacques Kallis,fastest and fiersome dale steyn,atheltic and initivite Ab,as solid as amla today in cricket,as well as as smith pollock donald gibbs

  • on December 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    He has gone in pursuit of the birds of the sea. Uhambe kakuhle Madiba, and best wishes to his family that today is much larger than even the good people of Qunu.

  • on December 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Mandela was an honest man, a man of compassion, a man of vision and a man who listened to people, even his enemies.

  • on December 6, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Rest in Peace Sir.we all salute you

  • maazullah1997 on December 6, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    A great man.True Legend and loving for his country.Respect from Pakistan

  • devil_in_details on December 6, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Rest in peace, Dear Sir. Your life was an inspiration to people around the world. In our school books we used to read about Gandhi but could never see him in person so he was an abstract idea in so many ways. You however were someone I could watch live even though on a TV and be inspired from.

  • RMCroos on December 6, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    RIP to Mr.Mendela the world miss a great man!!!!

  • shivshankarb on December 6, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Salute to one of the Great Human lived on this Earth! Can't say anything other than today is Sadest day for entire human generation.

  • Thuthu22 on December 6, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    I must say as a proud south african im am deeply saddened by the death of our great hero and may his soul rest in peace

  • GLM_Bloem on December 6, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Thank you Madiba. A giant of the ages. May he inspire us all wherever we are in the world.

  • DeckChairand6pack on December 6, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    RIP Madiba - Humanity is the richer for you having lived. You are an example to nations and to individuals. Words seem hopelessly inadequate.

  • ZCFOutkast on December 6, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    My condolences to the Madiba family. Sadly his overestimated legacy and false greatness is something the world will never know of. For obvious reasons it's been ensured that largely outside, and within small sections of SA, people will never know just how lowly regarded he was by your own people. The Eastern Cape remains the poorest region in South Africa - where us his Xhosa people hail from! It's no wonder that even though his body lies elsewhere, noone is at his Qunu Eastern Cape home consoling&moaning with his bereaved family members who did not travel to Gauteng. In fact African customs of gathering around the bereaved's home regardless of where his body might be haven't been honoured really. Tributes may flow, truth may be concealed but the reality is this has been a huge embarrassment. Naturally we are all sad, as is the case when a life is lost, but in this instance there's more bitterness and resentment than most people will ever know or care to admit. RIP Rolihlahla Mandela.

  • Biggus on December 6, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    To try to do justice to such a man within the constraints of a 500 character comment would be harder than emptying the oceans of the world with a thimble. That's all I wish to say, pitifully inadequate as it so obviously is. My condolences to the people of South Africa for your great loss. Best wishes from Perth, Western Australia.

  • on December 6, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Words cannot describe his contribution since there are very few people who have left the world a better place through their unselfish sacrifices, may GOD Bless his soul and he will remain eternally in our memories.

  • suharshan on December 6, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    RIP Sir. Salute from Sri Lanka!

  • on December 6, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    what a man what a legacy...shouldnt wana compare him to those who used religion to divide people

  • Rajah_skn on December 6, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Rest in Peace Sir. A true leader respected by whole world. We have your memories every inch of this earth.

  • Rutie2011 on December 6, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    The greatest gift we can give to this awesome man's legacy would be to live out the principles that he espoused. Humility, forgiveness and selflessness. RIP Tata Madiba!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 6, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    RIP great man. Remembering his close relationship with India and how he inspired by Mahatma Gandhi.

  • KunzMan on December 6, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    World is deprived of a true 'Human' being. His lifetime of struggle translated to an uprising of a nation! May the modern day people (us) are able to live by the standards you have set. May lord take care of your humble soul and may you rest in peace. Thoughts with family and all South Africans...

  • jw76 on December 6, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Truly a great man, shining all the brighter when compared with the dismal record of other African leaders. Sadly, one thing he was unable to do for his country was to provide it with successors fit to tie his bootlaces. His refusal to hold grudges or speak hatred is one that should be copied by a number of contemporary cricketers, especially some currently in Adelaide.

  • cric.rash on December 6, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    No Doubt Great Leader of The World..... World will miss you....PPls like'' Mandela '' Born In centuries.

  • on December 6, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Salute from Pakistan. A true leader who made this world a better place. RIP sir.

  • on December 6, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    I have heard one of the first things relating to cricket he asked after he was released is whether Bradman was still alive

    RIP Madiba

  • on December 6, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Great noble leader. Who worked tirelessly for the people of his country.

  • sevugapandian on December 6, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    The man really reached the greatest heights, no one can replace him, I salute your service to the world marching towards peace.

  • Bystander_test on December 6, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    A truly self-less individual and a colossus states-man. May you rest in peace tata, we are all greateful for you have done.

  • on December 6, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    R.I.P Nelson Mandela... our World will miss you and undoubtedly you are inside our heart for forever......

  • highveldhillbilly on December 6, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    The finest all-rounder our nation as ever produced.

  • Albert_cambell on December 6, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Rest In peace to nelson Mandela. We will never forget such a great leader like you.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 6, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    R.I.P to the legend. A true icon along with Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa.

  • halberdierv2 on December 6, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Rest In Peace Madiba Mandela.

  • EngineerKhan on December 6, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    I am in tears to hear this sad news. What a man.. What a man!! 27 years in prison and still noone could shake or break him and he still got what he wanted to achieve for his nation. Lexicon is insufficient to tribute him.

  • Gloryof96 on December 6, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    No words can match the man who Mandela was. His greatest strength was to forgive his oppressors. South Africa in the early 1990's was a racially tension period. Had not for Mandela, South Africa would have gone down a path to bloodbath and no redemption.

    Gandhi, King and Mandela, these 3 names will go down in history as the people who defined civil rights of the 20th century.

    Today, the world is poorer without them.

  • Atifkhan3489 on December 6, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Undoubtedly a great person.Everybody can learn lesson from his life.''Ups and downs are part of life but man should never be disappointed.'' i dedicate these lines to great MUNDELA

  • legfinedeep on December 6, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Hamba kahle, Madiba. You may be gone but never forgotten in the hearts if South Africans...and all over the world. It is not enough, but thank you for all you have done.

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  • legfinedeep on December 6, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Hamba kahle, Madiba. You may be gone but never forgotten in the hearts if South Africans...and all over the world. It is not enough, but thank you for all you have done.

  • Atifkhan3489 on December 6, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Undoubtedly a great person.Everybody can learn lesson from his life.''Ups and downs are part of life but man should never be disappointed.'' i dedicate these lines to great MUNDELA

  • Gloryof96 on December 6, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    No words can match the man who Mandela was. His greatest strength was to forgive his oppressors. South Africa in the early 1990's was a racially tension period. Had not for Mandela, South Africa would have gone down a path to bloodbath and no redemption.

    Gandhi, King and Mandela, these 3 names will go down in history as the people who defined civil rights of the 20th century.

    Today, the world is poorer without them.

  • EngineerKhan on December 6, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    I am in tears to hear this sad news. What a man.. What a man!! 27 years in prison and still noone could shake or break him and he still got what he wanted to achieve for his nation. Lexicon is insufficient to tribute him.

  • halberdierv2 on December 6, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Rest In Peace Madiba Mandela.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 6, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    R.I.P to the legend. A true icon along with Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa.

  • Albert_cambell on December 6, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Rest In peace to nelson Mandela. We will never forget such a great leader like you.

  • highveldhillbilly on December 6, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    The finest all-rounder our nation as ever produced.

  • on December 6, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    R.I.P Nelson Mandela... our World will miss you and undoubtedly you are inside our heart for forever......

  • Bystander_test on December 6, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    A truly self-less individual and a colossus states-man. May you rest in peace tata, we are all greateful for you have done.