Like many people, I awoke this morning to the news that former South African president Nelson Mandela has died aged 95. Though he did well to live to such a grand age, and in not the best of circumstances, sadly ill health affected him over the last few months of his life.
I’m sure many others have written their views already, but here is what I have to say, for what it’s worth.
Whilst we should all take a moment to mourn his death, we should also remember all that he achieved, and the legacy of piece and equality that Mandela brought to South Africa. As a child of the 1980s, I remember him being freed from prison in 1990, and his presidential victory in 1994 which brought about huge changes in his country. I’m so pleased that Mandela lived to see what he had spent his life trying to achieve.
So, rest in peace, Mandiba. The world is a better place, thanks to you.