One of the world’s greatest ever statesmen has died, it has been announced.
Nelson Mandela passed away on Thursday evening. His passing was said to have been peaceful in the company of his family.
Jacob Zuma, President of South Afrca said: “He is now rested, he is now at peace”
He added: “Our nation has lost its greatest son, our people have lost a father.”
Mandela spent 27 years in prison after fighting the racist apartheid regime. He was freed in 1990 and became President of South Africa four years later.
Tonight the whole of South Africa is in mourning for the man they called ‘Madiba’.
Commenting on news of the death of Nelson Mandela, First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond said:
“With the passing of Nelson Mandela, the world has lost a towering statesman and the outstanding political leader of his generation.
“Mr Mandela’s integrity, humanity and compassion were an inspiration to countless millions around the globe, and his influence transcended ideology, race and creed.
“He was also someone who had a longstanding commitment to and friendship with Scotland, and I had the privilege of meeting him once. Those links with Scotland were underlined by his being granted the Freedom of the City of Glasgow in 1981 when he was still imprisoned – the first city in the world to do so.
“The world is a poorer place for his passing, and our thoughts are with Mr Mandela’s family and the people of South Africa.”