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STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER DR KEITH MITCHELL ON THE PASSING OF NELSON MANDELA

Dec 6, 2013 07:39AM

It is with great sadness that I join the global community in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela—a man who was not only the former President of South Africa, but a world leader, a vanguard, and an inspiration to freedom-loving people the world over.

Indeed, Mr Mandela is arguably the greatest public figure of the 20th century. His eternal legacy will be about the importance of forgiveness, reconciliation and respect for all people. In those respects, he leads where others should aim to follow.

Through shear moral conviction, he transcended politics, and inspired people of every culture, everywhere.

 The essence of the man is so aptly captured by something he once said: “No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end."

Indeed, his dignified and gracious spirit has left this world—his work here is done, but his legacy will forever live on in the hearts and minds of world citizens everywhere.

On behalf of the government and people of Grenada, I therefore extend our heartfelt condolences to the government and people of the Republic of South Africa.

We all hold the Mandela family in our thoughts and prayers at this time of mourning. May the soul of this courageous, dignified human being—Madiba Mandela—forever rest in peace. 

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