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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron signs the book of condolence at the South African Embassy in central London

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Contributions from Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the late Walter Sisulu, Cyril Ramaphosa, and his official biographer Anthony Sampson

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