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Barack Obama visits Mandela's Robben Island jail cell

  • US President Barack Obama has paid a visit to Robben Island, the prison in which South Africa’s first Black president Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years.

    Sunday’s trip came a day after Obama visited members of Mandela’s family and spoke on the telephone to Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel.

    The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon remains critically ill in a Pretoria Hospital.

    Obama paid tribute to Mandela stating: "Madiba's moral courage... has been a personal inspiration to me"

    Mandela, who was elected as South Africa's first Black president in 1994, has been in hospital since June 8 with a lung infection.

    The Nobel Peace Prize winner spent 27 years on Robben Island for leading an anti-apartheid campaign.

    His lungs are said to have been damaged during the time he worked in a prison quarry.

    Obama arrived in South Africa from Senegal on Friday. He continues his tour of the African continent in Tanzania on Monday.

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