Berlusconi says Mandela was 'a hero of freedom'
Former premier praises former South African president06 December, 13:44
"(Mandela's) teaching, his testimony, his strength of mind to never give up even when his forces appeared to be badly beaten, will be an example for all of us," said Berlusconi, who repeated his tribute on his Facebook page.
"I hope that many...learn to practice the reconciliation and truth in mutual respect that has been (Mandela's) greatest value, and his greatest victory".
The anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa's first black president died at age 95 on Thursday.