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Human rights campaigners pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

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  1. A truly amazing person.

    You would expect that someone imprisoned for 27 years would have become extremely bitter and twisted, but he simply said ‘let bygones be bygones’.

    Those that are bitter and twisted e.g. sections of the Tory and Republican parties and many Christian churches, should take a leaf out of his book.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 6 Dec 2013, 12:37pm

      Hear hear, and other examples of hate are the DUP in Northern Ireland, BNP, EDL and much of UKIP whose EU referendum quest is nothing more than an exercise in xenophobia. RIP Nelson Mandela. The human race is forever indebted to him.

  2. It’s a sad day indeed, and although this was of course inevitable, it doesn’t diminish the sorrow of millions around the world who knew that Nelson Mandela was the most important figure of our age.
    I remember the news in February 1990 and seeing Mandela walking free, and I remember the impact it had on people then. Even as teenagers, we knew that something extremely important had happened. It’s one of those days that will always be remembered.

    Aside from concerns for South Africa and the fact that many fear Mandela was the unmentioned moral compass of an otherwise corrupt group of politicians just waiting for him to pass, I worry that his legacy will be ignored or forgotten. We do not have any global leaders like him right now, and we so desperately need them.

    Leaders should be emulating him. I wish we could all remind our politicians that if they wish to be remembered in the same way, they have to start acting with such conviction, such morality and such compassion.

  3. That There Other David 6 Dec 2013, 1:45pm

    I remember going to a concert in Pretoria back in 1999, just before the election where he stood down. Mandela was sat four or five rows in front of me. When he arrived to take his seat the entire place just erupted, everyone was on their feet applauding. South Africa could have so easily descended into a complete bloodbath as Mozambique, Zaire, Angola etc. did, and it took someone with both charisma and real courage to push against those who wanted violence and instead offer a path towards forgiveness and peace. He wasn’t alone in those efforts, both FW De Klerk and Desmond Tutu in particular played enormous roles in guiding the country away from the instability that had marked it for the best part of two decades. However, seeing that room light up that night just brought it home how much that man was loved and/or respected by the nation he led. He is the one leader of our time whose name will always be remembered. A true inspiration. RIP.

    1. Philip Breen 6 Dec 2013, 3:54pm

      We can only hope that the legacy of Nelson Mandela will influence his successors in their search for justice and peace to such an extent as will discourage their resorting to violence as a way to achieve their ends. A bloodbath can never be the way forward.

      1. I think you’ll find there is more chance of this govt being involved in a bloodbath. Haige had to be stopped taking the Uk into Syria. Just cause its not on your doorstep you don’t notice the deaths

  4. Cameron: “One of the brightest lights of our world has gone out. Nelson Mandela was not just a hero of our time, but a hero of all time.”

    Wasn’t Cameron involved in the group that printed the “Hang Nelson Mandela” posters in the eighties? Just asking…

  5. GingerlyColors 6 Dec 2013, 5:14pm

    I hope that Nelson Mandela’s passing will not mean an end to the Rainbow Nation.
    Nelson Mandela was a giant among people and will take his place in history as the greatest man ever to have walked on the continent of Africa.
    R.I.P. Nelson Mandela, you are now finally free.

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