Nick Clegg statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela

December 5, 2013 10:20 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Nelson Mandela (image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License. South Africa The Good News / www.sagoodnews.co.za)Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has given his tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died this evening after a long illness. Nick Clegg said:

"Our thoughts go out to the people of South Africa who will be left heartbroken by this sad news.

"Every so often history produces an individual whose message is universal, and Nelson Mandela will be mourned and missed on every continent around the globe. The hope he offered was enough to unite races; it bridged cultures and transcended generations; and it could heal the deepest divides.

"That hope must now live on. Nelson Mandela's legacy will continue to burn brightly, there is little doubt about that. But our greatest tribute to him will be our commitment to equality, humanity and peace - the values for which he very literally put his life on the line."