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Youth must take up the challenge - Obama

Barack Obama was addressing young people at the University of Cape Town on Sunday evening.

US President Barack Obama. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - US President Barack Obama said the legacy of struggle veterans like former president Nelson Mandela should challenge young South African leaders for change.

Obama was addressing young people at the University of Cape Town on Sunday evening.

The US president is currently on a three-nation African tour and his visit to Africa is to promote a change in the relationship between the continent and the US.

Obama said the lives of our former leaders should inspire the youth of today.

"Like Mandela's life, like Kennedy's life, like Gandhi's life, like the life all those who fought to bring about a new South Africa or a more just America.

"They stand as a challenge to me, but more importantly, they stand as a challenge to your generation."

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