Tribute to Nelson Mandela
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I visited South Africa in 1981 with former Prime Minister Edward Heath when he told the truth to the Government there about the nature of apartheid and its consequences for their relationship with the rest of the world.

I was shocked by what I saw, especially in Soweto, but also came to understand the high expectations the nation both black people and progressive whites had for the future leadership of Nelson Mandela,

These hopes were triumphantly fulfilled after his release from his long incarceration, when he showed the huge power of forgiveness and reconciliation.
He was that rare thing an individual who changed the course of history for the better. The whole world should mourn his passing and celebrate his extraordinary life.


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