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On air: Is today as significant as Mandela's release?

Chloe Tilley Chloe Tilley | 15:24 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010

worldcupstart.jpgDanny Jordaan, the Chief executive of the World Cup organising committee says it is. He says it's an historic moment for his country.....

"I compare this moment to Mandela's release, for which we waited 27 years. For our right to vote we waited from 1948," he said. "But Fifa was formed in 1904, so it has been a long wait for Africa's World Cup. But we did not wait alone. The whole of Africa was waiting with us."

So is he right? Or does comparing the World Cup to free and fair elections in South Africa in 1994 and the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years in prison a ridiculous comparison?

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