Nelson Mandela tributes flood in across East Lancs

Lancashire Telegraph: Nelson Mandela tributes flood in across East Lancs Nelson Mandela tributes flood in across East Lancs

TRIBUTES to former South African president Nelson Mandela have been made by many in East Lacashire whose hearts were touched by the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

East Lancashire residents who had met the esteemed politician, who campaigned against apatheid and spent 27 years in prison, said he was a ‘towering figure’.

Hussein Kajee, who was born in South Africa and grew up in Pietermeritzberg, spoke of his sadness after Mandela’s death.

When Hussein was in his early twenties he met Mandela at a welcoming party held in the town after he was released from prison.

Hussein said: “It’s very sad, I’m very upset. It’s a big loss for the whole of the people of South Africa, for the world.

“He was loved by people all over the world.

“It was an honour and a pleasure to meet a person like that, especially when he had just been freed after spending so much of his life in jail.”

Local politicians also spoke of the influence Mandela had on their careers.

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I have had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela on a number of occasions and he was a remarkable man.

“He was one of the towering figures of the 20th century and 21st century, and probably the last millennium, if not the most significant figure, and it is quite remarkable for him to have almost achieved sainthood while he was alive. People will still be talking about him in a thousand years.

“He not only changed South Africa, but he changed the way that non-white people have been treated worldwide.”

Former Burnley MP Peter Pike said: “He was an inspiration to us all for reconciliation and peace. A great loss to not only South Africa but all the world.

“Our prayers are with all his family and his beloved rainbow nation of South Africa.”

Lancashire sports stars who had met the former president also gave their consdolences.

Burnley defender Ben Mee said, “sad news about a great man”, as he tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with Mandela, while former footballer John O’ Kane , who lives in Darwen and met Mandela in 1993 when he travelled with the Manchester United youth team to Johannesburg, described him as a great man.

He said: “It was an honour to meet Nelson Mandela, it was an incredible moment. He was a great man and meeting him is something that I will never forget for the rest of my life. As a prisoner who then became the president of South Africa, it certainly changed the world and his legacy will live on.”

Mandela died on the same day as a film about his life premiered in London.

The film, ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’, was directed by Lancashire-born Justin Chadwick, who attended Turton High School.

Mandela’s daughter Zindzi Mandela was present at the premier alongside celebrities, actors and the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge, who turned out to watch the film in Leicester Square.

During the screening she was told her 95-year-old father had died peacefully at home, and fellow audience members were informed after the show.

A book of condolences has been opened at Blackburn Cathedral for those wishing to pay their respects. It will remain open until 5pm on Sunday.

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10:12pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Biscay says...

A very charismatic politician with real people at the heart of his beliefs - top man Amandla !!
A very charismatic politician with real people at the heart of his beliefs - top man Amandla !! Biscay

12:22am Sat 7 Dec 13

Lifethroughatintedlense says...

Mandela.....r.i.p...
.Martin mc Guinness or Gerry Adams with a different skin tone.......in memory of all those necklased by Winnie's followers!....hope you can rest in peace Nelson!
Mandela.....r.i.p... .Martin mc Guinness or Gerry Adams with a different skin tone.......in memory of all those necklased by Winnie's followers!....hope you can rest in peace Nelson! Lifethroughatintedlense

1:14am Sat 7 Dec 13

Lifethroughatintedlense says...

Was trying to be politically correct,as we have to in this day and age.......he was nothing more than a black Gerry Adams!......terroris
t turned politician!......and married to a murderess to boot.....I for one won't be shedding any tears!......maybe he just got tyred (sic) of life....like his beloved's victims!......please respond constructively....!
Was trying to be politically correct,as we have to in this day and age.......he was nothing more than a black Gerry Adams!......terroris t turned politician!......and married to a murderess to boot.....I for one won't be shedding any tears!......maybe he just got tyred (sic) of life....like his beloved's victims!......please respond constructively....! Lifethroughatintedlense

1:38am Sat 7 Dec 13

Stone Island: says...

I bet Del Boy wasn't too impressed, when hundreds of people descended on Nelson Mandella house earlier today.
I bet Del Boy wasn't too impressed, when hundreds of people descended on Nelson Mandella house earlier today. Stone Island:

1:45am Sat 7 Dec 13

neville davies says...

I will respond. But not tonight long trip back from Edinburgh
I will respond. But not tonight long trip back from Edinburgh neville davies

6:24am Sat 7 Dec 13

Excluded again says...

A great man. He turned a country where the majority were not only not free to vote but not free to live where or go where they chose or even marry who they chose into a country where everyone has the same rights and opportunities. Including the right to vote for who rules them.

Once in power, he did not use his power to seek revenge on those who had wronged him and so many of his people, but to hold back those who wanted revenge and to promote forgiveness and reconciliation.

Nelson Mandela transformed South Africa into a free and democratic society.
A great man. He turned a country where the majority were not only not free to vote but not free to live where or go where they chose or even marry who they chose into a country where everyone has the same rights and opportunities. Including the right to vote for who rules them. Once in power, he did not use his power to seek revenge on those who had wronged him and so many of his people, but to hold back those who wanted revenge and to promote forgiveness and reconciliation. Nelson Mandela transformed South Africa into a free and democratic society. Excluded again

8:44am Sat 7 Dec 13

s4awx123 says...

Lifethroughatintedle
nse
wrote:
Was trying to be politically correct,as we have to in this day and age.......he was nothing more than a black Gerry Adams!......terroris

t turned politician!......and married to a murderess to boot.....I for one won't be shedding any tears!......maybe he just got tyred (sic) of life....like his beloved's victims!......please respond constructively....!
100% correct.







5
[quote][p][bold]Lifethroughatintedle nse[/bold] wrote: Was trying to be politically correct,as we have to in this day and age.......he was nothing more than a black Gerry Adams!......terroris t turned politician!......and married to a murderess to boot.....I for one won't be shedding any tears!......maybe he just got tyred (sic) of life....like his beloved's victims!......please respond constructively....![/p][/quote]100% correct. 5 s4awx123

8:45am Sat 7 Dec 13

s4awx123 says...

Lifethroughatintedle
nse
wrote:
Mandela.....r.i.p...

.Martin mc Guinness or Gerry Adams with a different skin tone.......in memory of all those necklased by Winnie's followers!....hope you can rest in peace Nelson!
100% correct.
[quote][p][bold]Lifethroughatintedle nse[/bold] wrote: Mandela.....r.i.p... .Martin mc Guinness or Gerry Adams with a different skin tone.......in memory of all those necklased by Winnie's followers!....hope you can rest in peace Nelson![/p][/quote]100% correct. s4awx123

1:47pm Sat 7 Dec 13

shytalk says...

Tory politicians heaping praise on Nelson Mandela were yesterday accused of rank hypocrisy - after supporting a party that spent decades dismissing him as a “terrorist”.
Typical tories, always confused.
Tory politicians heaping praise on Nelson Mandela were yesterday accused of rank hypocrisy - after supporting a party that spent decades dismissing him as a “terrorist”. Typical tories, always confused. shytalk

8:32pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Copperhead says...

Nelson Mandela - convicted terrorist, dedicated communist and founder of the ANC terrorist wing, responsible for the murder of thousands of people, both black and white.
You always knew Mandela was a wrong 'un, because Neil Kinnock idolized him.
Now Mandela's dead, just watch South Africa descend into chaos - corruption, robbery, kidnappings, murder and state-sponsored terrorism.
African countries will always go down that road because of tribal rivalries. The current leader is a Zulu and just watch as his thugs start to intimidate and murder their rivals from other tribes and seize white-owned property and assets as Mugabe has done in Rhodesia.
Stand by for an increasing number of refugees and asylum seekers from South Africa.
Nelson Mandela - convicted terrorist, dedicated communist and founder of the ANC terrorist wing, responsible for the murder of thousands of people, both black and white. You always knew Mandela was a wrong 'un, because Neil Kinnock idolized him. Now Mandela's dead, just watch South Africa descend into chaos - corruption, robbery, kidnappings, murder and state-sponsored terrorism. African countries will always go down that road because of tribal rivalries. The current leader is a Zulu and just watch as his thugs start to intimidate and murder their rivals from other tribes and seize white-owned property and assets as Mugabe has done in Rhodesia. Stand by for an increasing number of refugees and asylum seekers from South Africa. Copperhead

9:32pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Lifethroughatintedlense says...

Black and white unite...... Even Mandela couldn't bring that to blackburnistan!.....
.!
Black and white unite...... Even Mandela couldn't bring that to blackburnistan!..... .! Lifethroughatintedlense

9:32pm Sat 7 Dec 13

neville davies says...

The union flag is hung at half mast over Downing Street and David Cameron has issued a lavish tribute,describing Mandela as "a towering figure in our time,a legend in life and now in death-a true global hero"
The union flag is hung at half mast over Downing Street and David Cameron has issued a lavish tribute,describing Mandela as "a towering figure in our time,a legend in life and now in death-a true global hero" neville davies

9:36pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Lifethroughatintedlense says...

And?...........the flag should be hung at half mast for the death of this country !
And?...........the flag should be hung at half mast for the death of this country ! Lifethroughatintedlense

9:40pm Sat 7 Dec 13

neville davies says...

Take it your a Thatcher man?
Take it your a Thatcher man? neville davies

9:43pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Lifethroughatintedlense says...

That witch killed my generation and our ethnic majorities danced on our graves!........am not political......just observational!......
correct me if I'm wrong!
That witch killed my generation and our ethnic majorities danced on our graves!........am not political......just observational!...... correct me if I'm wrong! Lifethroughatintedlense

9:56pm Sat 7 Dec 13

neville davies says...

Thanks, this post explains everything.
Thanks, this post explains everything. neville davies

9:59pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Lifethroughatintedlense says...

Not biting!
Not biting! Lifethroughatintedlense

11:15pm Sat 7 Dec 13

neville davies says...

Two bites will do.
Two bites will do. neville davies

9:50am Mon 9 Dec 13

SWP supporter says...

neville davies wrote:
The union flag is hung at half mast over Downing Street and David Cameron has issued a lavish tribute,describing Mandela as "a towering figure in our time,a legend in life and now in death-a true global hero"
What a bloody hypocrite Cameron is. His party supported the racists to the very end
[quote][p][bold]neville davies[/bold] wrote: The union flag is hung at half mast over Downing Street and David Cameron has issued a lavish tribute,describing Mandela as "a towering figure in our time,a legend in life and now in death-a true global hero"[/p][/quote]What a bloody hypocrite Cameron is. His party supported the racists to the very end SWP supporter

9:51am Mon 9 Dec 13

SWP supporter says...

shytalk wrote:
Tory politicians heaping praise on Nelson Mandela were yesterday accused of rank hypocrisy - after supporting a party that spent decades dismissing him as a “terrorist”.
Typical tories, always confused.
Great post - you're spot on
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Tory politicians heaping praise on Nelson Mandela were yesterday accused of rank hypocrisy - after supporting a party that spent decades dismissing him as a “terrorist”. Typical tories, always confused.[/p][/quote]Great post - you're spot on SWP supporter

9:52am Mon 9 Dec 13

SWP supporter says...

Lifethroughatintedle
nse
wrote:
And?...........the flag should be hung at half mast for the death of this country !
Thatcher should have been hung at half mast. Ding dong
[quote][p][bold]Lifethroughatintedle nse[/bold] wrote: And?...........the flag should be hung at half mast for the death of this country ![/p][/quote]Thatcher should have been hung at half mast. Ding dong SWP supporter

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