A translation of the text from the billboard, which was written in Tamil, is below:
"Among today's politicians who cannot think beyond the next election cycle, Nelson Mandela was a leader who thought of the well-being of future generations. He went to join Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King on 5.12.13. We bow down to him, proud to have lived during his time on Earth and praise his message of love, non-violence and sacrifice. 'The farmer may sleep, but the seeds he planted never will.'"
“We will replace it with the correct picture of Mandela,” the merchant said of Freeman’s photo. Mandela died on Dec. 5 at the age of 95.
For some reason, there have been a number of identity issues that have cropped up since Mandela's death.