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Peter Hunt reports on Nelson Mandela's visit to Southwark Cathedral
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Saturday, 28 April, 2001, 15:16 GMT 16:16 UK
Nelson Mandela pays tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Former South African president Nelson Mandela  with Dean of Southwark, the Very Rev Colin Slee (centre right) and Culture Secretary Chris Smith (right)
Nelson Mandela opening new buildings at Southwark Cathedral for one of Londons poorest communities
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He describes himself as an unemployed pensioner, but today the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela opened a new wing to Southwark cathedral .

Hundreds of on lookers came to see Mr Mandela who thanked the people in Britain who'd campaigned against apartheid.

One room at the Anglican cathedral, which is on the south bank of the Thames, was named for South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He served a curate in Southwark diocese in 1965-6, and was in London in 1999 to launch the cathedral's Milliennium development.

Speaking of his old friend, Mandela said:

«When so many of the political leaders of the people were banished to exile, were forced to operate underground or were imprisoned, Desmond Tutu was foremost amongst those who stepped into that breach to give moral leadership in the fight against apartheid.»

The 82-year-old Mandela is London for events celebrating South Africa's Freedom Day, including a concert in Trafalgar Square on Sunday.

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