Excerpt from Comrade Zuma's acceptance speech at the Medunsa Trust Nelson Mandela Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on 13 October 1998:
"It is, indeed, an honour for me to stand here before you today to accept the award you have chosen to honour me with — The Nelson Mandela Award for Outstanding Leadership for 1998. It is an honour all the more because it is named after one of the greatest sons of Africa and one of the greatest statesmen we have seen in recent years. I am talking about my President, Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela."