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South Africans sing happy birthday to Mandela

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Former US President, Bill Clinton (R) pays a visit to former South African President Nelson Mandela on July 17, 2012 at his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape, on the eve of his 94th birthday. AFP PHOTO/PETER MOREY |

Lyrics of the Birthday song:
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday Dear Madiba,
Happy Birthday to you.
We love you Tata,
We love you Tata,
We love you Dear Madiba,
Happy Birthday to you.

South Africa’s schoolchildren sang happy birthday to Nelson Mandela as he turned 94 on Wednesday, a day when he asks the world to honour his legacy by performing community service.

The nation’s 12 million schoolchildren began their day with a special birthday song, ringing with the line: “We love you father”.

“As we celebrate his birthday, we remember that he fought for us in the struggle. The struggle was to fight apartheid,” said 12-year-old Kgaugelo Masunhloane at Batsogile primary school in Soweto.

“He spent 27 years in prison. We would want to say thank you Madiba, and we wish you happy birthday, and many more years to come.”

Mandela, known fondly by his clan name Madiba, was unlikely to make any public appearances, but rather to spend a quiet day with his family in his village home of Qunu, where he has retired from public life.

His granddaughter Ndileka Mandela told the Sowetan newspaper that his family would celebrate with a traditional meal of tripe and samp, a corn dish popular in his region of the Eastern Cape.

“We will probably have food like samp and tripe, his favourite food,” she told the paper. “The big lunch will be at 4:00 pm (1400 GMT) where we will present him with a cake.”

Former US president Bill Clinton met with Mandela at his village home on Tuesday. A photograph released after the meeting showed Mandela seated in an armchair, his lap covered by a blanket, as he held Clinton’s hand.

Source: Africa Review

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