Politicians pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

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Local politicians have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died last night (Thursday) aged 95.

Mr Mandela spent 27 years in jail before becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

His administration replaced the racist white-minority regime that had enforced segregation of black and white people in a policy known as apartheid.

He went on to become one of the world’s most inspirational people.

Flags will be flown at half-mast across Bassetlaw today (Friday) and books of condolence are available to sign in the One Stop Shops at both Retford and Worksop Town Halls.

Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron said he was saddened to hear of Mr Mandela’s death, at his home in Johannesburg.

“It’s the death of a great man and I can say that as I spent many years as part of anti-apartheid in this country.”

“His release from prison was an inspiration for the world that you can get on without conflict. I hope the world has learnt from lessons the of Mandela.”

Bassetlaw MP, John Mann, said: “No other person in the world would have such respect when they die and that’s because of his ability to reach out and to forgive.”

“I think the other side of Nelson Mandela was at all times he was on the side of those who didn’t have much power and didn’t have much money and he represented the fight for them.”

“He never forgot who he was representing.”

Coun Simon Greaves, leader of Bassetlaw Council said: “Nelson Mandela will be forever associated with the fight for equality, freedom and democracy.”

“His dignity in the face of oppression and his capacity for forgiveness and reconciliation is an inspiration to us all. The world has lost a true hero.”

Coun Alan Rhodes, leader of Notts County Council, supported the anti-apartheid movement during the 1970s and 80s.

He said: “This is a very sad day. Nelson Mandela will go down as one of the greatest leaders and statesmen in the history of the world.”

“On a personal note, the image of Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie walking hand-in-hand on the day he was freed will stay with me for all time.”

“We can all learn from Mr Mandela’s humility, unwavering belief in fairness and equality and the way he treated people, no matter who they were.”

“The world would be a much better place if we all followed his example and adopted more of his qualities.”