05 Dec

How world leaders reacted to Nelson Mandela’s death four years ago today

Four years ago today, South Africa lost its greatest citizen. Nelson Mandela’s fight against the apartheid regime is revered as one of the greatest triumphs in history, and many world leaders were quick to say so back in 2013.

His refusal to give in – based on the foundations of courage, iron will, and a belief that all peoples should be treated equally regardless of skin colour – transformed the political and social landscape of this country forever.

We remember Madiba not with a heavy heart because he is gone. But with smiles on our faces, because of his legacy. His life lessons and inspirational quotes are perhaps more important in SA than they have been since he left office.

How the world paid tribute to Nelson Mandela:
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny

“The name Mandela stirred our conscience and our hearts. It became synonymous with the pursuit of dignity and freedom across the globe.”

“We ask that his spirit continues to inspire, guide and enlighten us as we strive to bring freedom and dignity to the family of man, our brothers and sisters, across the world.”

Ban Ki-Moon, former UN Secretary General:

“Mandela was a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration. Many around the world were greatly influenced by his selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom. He touched our lives in deeply personal ways.”

Former British Prime Minister, David Cameron:

“A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I’ve asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast.”

Cuban leader Raul Castro:

“Mandela will not go down in history for the 27 years he spent behind bars… but because he was able to free his soul from the poison that such unjust punishment can cause.”

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