WASHINGTON D.C. – South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela, died Thursday at the the age of 95. Mandela’s contributions as an advocate for equality and democracy are reknown, perhaps most for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa and pursuit of democracy there for all races. Mandela became the country’s first black president, he advocated for human rights worldwide and figured in the fight against AIDS afflicting the South African people.
Sen. Orrin Hatch issued the following statement today on the passing of Mandela:
Today, South Africa and the world lost one of its greatest leaders and freedom fighters with the passing of Nelson Mandela. From combatting the immoral apartheid regime to his time presiding over the country’s peaceful transition to democracy as President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s dignity, courage and conviction made him a lion among men. Who but Nelson Mandela could have healed such a wounded and divided nation through peaceful means – not violent retribution – and bring South Africa into the modern age where discrimination by race is not tolerated. To his family and the people of South Africa, the world mourns with you. The loss of such a great man will be felt and borne by us all.
Congressman Chris Stewart tweeted:
Nelson Mandela was such a courageous and special leader. My heart goes out to his family and the people of South Africa.
State Rep. Jason Chaffetz tweeted:
Few people in the history of the world have had a greater impact than President Mandela. May God bless him and his family.
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement:
With the rest of the world, we mourn the passing of revered statesman Nelson Mandela. His courage, kindness and extraordinary moral leadership have been an example to all people. We express our love and sympathies to his family and the people of South Africa as they remember his extraordinary life.
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