Tributes to Nelson Mandela

Published: 6 Dec 2013 09:300 comments

TRIBUTES have been pouring in following the death of Nelson Mandela yesterday, aged 95.

A picture of Nelson Mandela from the BBC website today.

The former South African president and anti-apartheid hero had suffered from a number of lung infections over the past two years and died at his Johannesburg home surrounded by his family.

Crowds have gathered outside his home, some flying South African flags and wearing the shirts of the governing African National Congress, which Mr Mandela once led.

It is understood his body will be moved to a mortuary in the capital, Pretoria, and the funeral is likely to take place on Saturday next week.

FG Palmer said: "What a lovely man, to overcome so much, and bear no grudges, our loss is heaven's gain. RIP Nelson Mandela."

Donna Pressland added: "An inspiration to us all. He achieved more in his 23 years of freedom than most achieve in a lifetime.There will never be another like him. Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela."

Sarah Louise Gordon said: "An inspirational man."

Bishop of Oxford, Rt. Rev. John Pritchard, said: "In the death of Nelson Mandela the world has lost one of its noblest figures. His courage, dignity and unswerving loyalty to truth made his long walk to freedom an inspiration for untold millions of people, especially those who continue to live under tyranny. His years of imprisonment only strengthened his moral and spiritual resources. His leadership was marked by the most remarkable magnanimity such that, for example, he made sure his Robben Island gaoler was invited to his installation as President. His partnership with Archbishop Desmond Tutu was crucial to the cause of freedom and equality, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission embodied his spirit of forgiveness and hope.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters in our link diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman, where we know many brave people who were involved in the struggle against apartheid. Our brothers and sisters there may have lost the Father of the Nation, but they live more securely as children of God because of the character and courage of that great man.

May he rest in peace, and rise in glory."

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