By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 6 December 2013:
The Prime Ministry has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela saying that it “received with much . . .[restrict]sadness the news of the death of the great African freedom fighter”.
A memorial ceremony is to be held by the South African Embassy on Tuesday at the Mahari Radisson Blu Hotel in Tripoli at 12 noon.
The office of Ali Zeidan, who is in Paris attending the France Africa summit which began today, said that Mandela, the first president in post-apartheid South Africa, had “dedicated his life to the values of truth, freedom, justice and equality”.
It also said that Libya needed to learn from the sprit of reconciliation established in Mandela’s South Africa. “We Libyans have to learn these lessons and attitudes to bring about the values of tolerance and national reconciliation.”
The South African Embassy in Tripoli has also offered its own tributes to Mandela. It said he left “a legacy second to none in the annals of South African history”.
The embassy praised the former president’s “unshakeable passion to eradicate injustice”, saying that “we can all take solace from the fact that his was a life truly well lived in the service of his fellow beings”. [/restrict]