...Rowley: His legacy will live on

 Nelson Mandela was a man of tremendous courage who made tremendous sacrifices, not just to free South Africa, but to free all of mankind, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley said yesterday.

“South Africa and the rest of the world is poorer for his passing because he studied to be a lawyer and lived his life as a great teacher, so that the rest of us can learn that challenges like apartheid and other hurdles in life can be overcome by a human spirit which is rare and found only in the life of people like Nelson Mandela,” he said. 

“Now that the moment of his passing has come, it is with a great sense of sadness that I received the news of his death...He has made a contribution to every person who recognises that man’s humanity to man is not a given, that we can be better, be our brother’s keeper and we can reject oppression, without becoming oppressors ourselves. And for that we must thank him and his legacy would always live on,” Rowley stated. 

“We, here in Trinidad and Tobago, solemnly join with family, friends and the nation of South Africa in deeply mourning this enormous loss. Without a doubt, South Africa and by extension, the world has become poorer as a result of the passing of this iconic leader and freedom fighter.

“As we face this loss we cannot help but reflect on the calibre of leadership demonstrated by Nelson Mandela. We will do well to hope and pray that present and future leaders here in Trinidad and Tobago and indeed the world over strive to emulate his sterling example and be instruments of peace, harmony and positive development for all those who look to us for leadership.

From the leadership and members of the People’s National Movement I express deep and sincere condolences to the Mandela family and the nation of South Africa. May he rest in peace,” Rowley said.

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