Mandela's family speaks of 'grave sadness' over loss of 'pillar of family'
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Mr Nelson Mandela's family spoke on Saturday of their sadness at losing a humble, caring man they said was a moral guide not only for their clan but for people around the world.
"Tata (father) is gone," family spokesman Temba Matanzima told journalists in Johannesburg.
"His presence was like a baobab tree that provided a comforting shade that served as protection and security for us," he said, referring to the massive tree with its famously thick trunk that is sometimes used as a shelter.
"The pillar of the family is gone, just as he was away during that 27 painful years of imprisonment."