South Africans celebrated Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday Wednesday by participating in good deeds nationwide to honor the legacy of the famous statesman.
The frail icon has not appeared in public for years, but he is celebrated worldwide on his birthday for his role in reconciling a country torn apart by apartheid.
In South Africa, citizens perform at least 67 minutes of public service on his birthday, a reference to the number of years he devoted to helping others.
In Mandela's childhood village of Qunu, festivities started early.
On the eve of his birthday Tuesday, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, visited Mandela in the small southeastern village where he grew up and spends most of his time.
Clinton, whose presidential term coincided with Mandela's, hailed him as a "wonderful friend" and planted a tree in his honor during the visit.FULL STORY