Members of the Canberra diplomatic corps joined former Australian Prime Minister, the Honourable Bob Hawke AC, early on Thursday 12 December in reflecting on the life of the late Nelson Mandela.
ANU and the South African High Commission held a memorial service at Llewellyn Hall from 10-11.30am.
Mr Hawke delivered the keynote address at the service.
“In terms of his complete, unqualified, commitment to freedom, and the dignity of each human individual, there has been no other to remotely come near,” he said.
“And on this occasion, our hearts and our thoughts go out to his family and to his people.”
US Ambassador John Berry said the former South African leader had qualities we should all strive for.
“What made him so extraordinary, was his ability to forgive wrongs that would have left most of us crushed by anger and hatred,” Mr Berry said.
“That kind of forgiveness requires incredible courage. It requires a deep and boundless love.”
A choir from Canberra Girls Grammar performed during the service.
Mr Mandela is survived by his wife, three daughters, 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
To view a recording of the service, click here.