UN's Ban calls Mandela a 'giant of justice'

African National Congress President Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, greet the crowd after arriving at a rally and a week-long national ANC conference held inside South Africa for the first time in 30 years, July 7, 1991. UN leader Ban Ki Mo
African National Congress President Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, greet the crowd after arriving at a rally and a week-long national ANC conference held inside South Africa for the first time in 30 years, July 7, 1991. UN leader Ban Ki Moon on Thursday hailed Mr Mandela as a "giant for justice" who had inspired freedom movements the world over. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - UN leader Ban Ki Moon on Thursday hailed Mr Nelson Mandela as a "giant for justice" who had inspired freedom movements the world over.

"Many around the world were influenced by his selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom. He touched our lives in deeply personal ways," Mr Ban told reporters in tribute to Mr Mandela, who died earlier on Thursday.