Sunday 20 August 2017

Political sage beloved and respected by whole world

His long walk over at last, Nelson Mandela was a global hero who did what was right and inspired a generation

Nelson Mandela with former US President Bill Clinton
Nelson Mandela with former US President Bill Clinton
Mourners sing songs outside the house of the late former South African president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg,

Rodhri Jones

NELSON Mandela was a man, always, of his time. Yet he was, paradoxically, one who in some ways stood apart from– and even above that time. It was in this that his greatness lay.

Mr Mandela, who died yesterday, aged 95, was a towering figure in the 20th Century. He did not just bestride the continent of Africa but became a political colossus of the entire world stage.

Yet he was more even than that. The magnanimity he displayed, as the white rule of apartheid crumbled in his native South Africa in 1990, created a paradigm shift in what was possible – even thinkable – in modern politics.

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