Governor Corbett recalls Mandela as 'colossus of freedom'

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 5, 2013 6:12 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett is remembering Nelson Mandela as ``a colossus of freedom.''

Corbett issued a statement today that said the world lost one of its greatest statesmen and a champion of liberty.

He says the former South African president's personal courage in fighting for equality and human rights was matched by a generosity of spirit in uniting and reconciling his country, freeing it from the system of apartheid.

Corbett says the world is a better place for Mandela having lived.

Mandela died today at age 95.

Governor Corbett's full statement:

“With the death of Nelson Mandela, the world loses one of the greatest statesmen and champions of liberty of the 20th Century. It is a significant honor that, one year after regaining his freedom, Mandela chose to visit Pittsburgh to deliver one of his most important speeches about the future of South Africa.

“His personal courage in the fight for human equality and human rights was matched by his generosity of spirit in seeking unity and reconciliation after freeing his nation from the grip of apartheid. The world is a better place for his having walked among us.

 “Susan and I join the state in marking the passing of a colossus of freedom.”


Pennsylvania Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey's statement:

 “I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Nelson Mandela. As the founding father of South Africa’s democracy, Mr. Mandela brought profound change to a divided nation by promoting unity and peace.

Mr. Mandela’s unwavering commitment to justice and equality will continue to provide an example to politicians and activists for many generations.

My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children, and the people of South Africa.”

Democratic candidate for governor, Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz's statement:   

 “Nelson Mandela dedicated his extraordinary life to the abolition of apartheid and the building of reconciliation among the people of South Africa.

Through his steadfast integrity, unyielding will and humility, he was a beacon to all who struggle against racism, tyranny and oppression in support of freedom, equality and dignity.

President Mandela changed his country and the world, and his iconic example and life-long efforts will not be forgotten. My condolences go to his family and to the people of South Africa.”


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