A CHESTER politician has today paid tribute to Nelson Mandela who has died at the age of 95.
Mandela was the first black president of South Africa and was an inspiration to millions across the globe.A lawyer, a Nobel-Prize winner, a prisoner and an activist, Mandela sadly died yesterday (Wednesday) at his home after a long-term lung illness.
Chester conservative MP Stephen Mosley made a statement on his website after hearing the sad news: “Nelson Mandela was a titan among men – and his death is rightly being mourned around the world.”
He continued: “His journey, from Robben Island to the Presidency of his country, is an inspiration for all of us. It demonstrates that freedom and democracy will always beat subjugation and oppression.”
A service of national mourning will be held at a 95,000-seater stadium in Johannesburg on Monday.
Mandela’s body will then lie in state in Pretoria before being taken to the village of Qunu, where he grew up, for a state funeral.
Mr Mosley also spoke of how we can all learn from Mandela’s life: “His legacy offers a profile in courage and forgiveness we can all learn from today and for all time; the story of a man who overcame all obstacles to achieve true greatness.”
Chester Intelligencer, Amy Holland