Celebrities and world leaders are using social media platforms Twitter and Facebook to honour late South African President Nelson Mandela.
Legendary British comedian Eddie Izzard, who recently tried to run 27 marathons in 27 days to commemorate Mandela, tweeted that Mandela ‘might be the greatest person that has ever lived’.
Helen Zille, leader of South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), told her Twitter followers that she had lit a candle in the Cape Town room where Mandela spent the night putting together his first Cabinet in 1994.
Former US President Bill Clinton displayed a photograph of himself holding hands with Mandela, saying ‘I will never forget my friend Madiba.’
For his part, Gary Player, South Africa’s most famous golfer, said: “Father of the South African Nation, Nelson Mandela. Madiba we loved you. Rest in Peace.”
And British Prime Minister David Cameron posted a tweet saying the Union flag and South African flag are flying at half mast above No 10 (Downing Street).
Television icon Piers Morgan used his Twitter account to note that the world has lost an iconic leader and “South Africa’s lost its very soul – my deepest condolences to those wonderful people.’