South Africa has lost the Father of its Nation: Suriname

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General Assembly meeting to honour the life and memory of South Africa's late President Nelson Mandela

NAR: Suriname, a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), spoke on behalf of the Member States of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

Ambassador Kitty Sweep said South Africa has lost the Father of its Nation – a true inspiration for its entire population, a leader who redefined political leadership and rose from rural obscurity to challenge the might of the apartheid system in the country.

“The world has lost a momentous role model, a giant for justice, human rights, equality, freedom and democracy, peace, compassion,  forgiveness, reconciliation, and a down-to-earth humanitarian. Nelson Mandela was not only the liberator of South Africa and its first truly democratically elected Head of State; he was a world leader who led by example, a very special human being and a teacher to all of us.”

NAR: Ambassador Kitty Sweep noted that as a lawyer, Mandela could have settled for a relatively uneventful life, in comparison to his brothers and sisters within the apartheid system. Yet, he opted to dedicate his life to fight for freedom and equal rights for all; to fight for a just and impartial society where every member regardless of race, gender or belief could live in liberty.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

Duration: 1’13″

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