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In a birthday message to Mandela, President Jacob Zuma said South Africa needed to make poverty eradication a top priority.
"From the moment Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela strode out of prison on the 11th of February 1990, we knew that South Africa would be a different place," the president said in a statement.
"He showed us that despite the divisive racial oppression and hardships that this nation had gone through, it is not only possible, but necessary to embrace one another and to reconcile the South African people."
Zuma said Mandela had laid the foundation for a "solid constitutional democracy".