‘Greatest man who ever lived’

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People all over the world have united today to mourn the death of Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela, who battled depression to bring freedom to all of South Africa, died last night aged 95.

Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero has described him as ‘one of the greatest people to have ever lived’.

Ms De Piero said: “He is one of the greatest people to have lived and he’ll be remembered for centuries to come.

“Any words I say about him seem inadequate in comparison to his legacy and the profound impact he had on the world, so I’d like to remember him in his own words. ‘No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite’.”

Mandela is known as a humanitarian hero world-wide for his role in fighting South Africa’s apartheid and his continuing fight for peace and freedom.

He was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and pledged his support to the Help Make Poverty History campaign among countless others.

He was sent to prison for life in 1964 for trying to overthrow the Government, and on his release was elected as South Africa’s first black president.

Official mourning is expected to last 10 days and a state funeral is likely to be held on Saturday 14 December.

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