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2013-12-05 at 19:51

Remembered fondly

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com
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Current River Coun. Andrew Foulds says Nelson Mandela was one of humanity’s true heroes.

Mandela, who led South Africa out of the apartheid era, spent 27 years in prison for his efforts, before emerging to become the nation’s first black president.

He died Thursday at 95 after a lengthy illness.

Foulds isn’t sure words can come close to paying tribute to what Mandela meant to the world.

“He gave citizens around the world hope, hope that there is justice and he reminded us all that we can all do better. His courage through unbelievable circumstances was incomprehensible,” Foulds said in an email.

“The world mourns a great man, who had an unwavering commitment to his country.”

Foulds, also the NDP’s provincial candidate for Thunder Bay-Superior North, said Mandela set an example that all should strive to live up to and emulate.

”The personal quality that I will remember as truly setting this man apart was in the face of hatred, of violence, of (nearly) 30 years of incarceration, he was able to forgive.  Because he knew love was better,” Foulds said.

“When I heard the news my heart just sank.  I am so sad.  I am just glad that I was at least alive to see Madiba’s long walk to freedom.”

Mayor Keith Hobbs called him courageous, tenacious and a man with a heart of gold.

"If only all world leaders could be like him what a great world it would be. Heaven is a better place today,” Hobbs said.

Born on July 18, 1918, Mandela became politically active in his 20s, joining the anti-apartheid movement and the African National Congress, which he joined in 1942.

In 1962 he was arrested after leading a three-day strike and sentenced to five years in prison. A year later he was back on trial and sentenced to life in prison for poltical crimes, including sabotage. His imprisonment made him the focus of a wold-wide campaign to free him, but Mandela remained behind bars for 27 years.

Mandela was released from prison in 1990. A year later he was elected to lead the African National Congress, promising to continue the armed struggle he helped start until South Africa's blacks were given the right to vote.

He worked with President F.W. de Klerk to negotiate the end to apartheid, and the two were awared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. Mandela in 1994 became the country's first black president, serving one four-year term before retiring -- though he never stepped away from the global spotlight.

At-large Coun. Iain Angus said he fondly recalls the free-Mandela rallies held round the world, particularly one at Wimbledon that focused international pressure on the democratic countries of the world to act.

"I also rememember vividly his release from prison and when he emerged from the hotel balcony to the roar of the crowd. That was very moving," Angus said. "(He was) a remarkable man who left a legacy that will be remembered and honoured for many years to come."

Coun. Ken Boshcoff agreed Mandela was an inspiration to all.

"As an activist from my earliest days it was clear that the messages of Nelson Mandela exemplified the truest commitment to faith in the goodness of humankind," Boshcoff said.

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lori says:
27 years because he DARED to ask the questions and to suggest that all regardless of race are equal.

We may never see anyone else like that in our lifetime.

His country owes him a debt for the symbol he became that they can never repay.

I sincerely hope he acquires the peace he so valiantly fought for when he was alive.
12/5/2013 9:24:07 PM
ken1 says:
I hope his legacy will be, that people think, what would Mandela do?

12/6/2013 6:58:19 AM
DougMyers says:
What a life, what a man, what an inspiration.

Your legacy will remain a beacon of hope for many others around the world.
12/6/2013 8:57:32 AM
Arch Stanton says:
While his 'truth & reconciliation' approach to government was laudable, the guy was far from being the Saint-like figure that everyone is now rushing to proclaim him as...

By his own admission, he was involved in explosives and sabotage for which he rightly was imprisoned - explosives do not discriminate who they kill and maim. The murderous reign of the Mandela FC 'football' (= private henchmen) team under his wife Winnie, of which he certainly had knowledge if not outright support, will not quickly be forgotten by those who came into contact with it and survived. And his personal conduct with multiple affairs/liaisons (hundreds, not dozens) since release is laughable in one of the worst AIDS affected regions in the world.

Statesman? Very possibly. Saint??? You have got to be joking!!!
12/6/2013 10:18:30 AM
tsb says:
He did what he had to do to bring about the end of apartheid. We have to fight the Nazis to save our society; Mandela had to fight the apartheid regime to save his.
12/7/2013 12:04:56 AM
sweetazmaple says:
i was in capetown south africa just before the world cup i got to see how ppl loved him there i got to learn so much robben island where ppl take tours n when he got outof jail where he had his freedom speach n by the water front he was in bronze along side 3 others respected ppl from south africa he made a differance in many lives all around the world not just south africa

12/6/2013 11:06:35 AM
sweetazmaple says:
here is where he had his freedom speech feb 1990

12/6/2013 11:10:51 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Too bad more of his message didn't catch on in South Africa.
12/6/2013 11:13:51 AM
hardball says:
...Thunder Bay could learn a whole lot from Mandela about racism....
12/6/2013 12:14:03 PM
Wlbr says:
I'm very interested Hardball. Please enlighten us with specifics.
12/6/2013 5:26:21 PM
tudor says:
nice to see TBT is already campaigning for the NDP candidate Andrew Foulds. His stature in the media sure has elevated lately. And not one word of criticism of how he is running for office while already holding an office. Folks didn't like it when Ken Boshcoff did it, but I guess it's okay when Rebecca did it, and now Andrew. Someday we can learn why Mr. Foulds political aspirations are part of this story.

As for this actual topic Arch Stanton his people were demonized, discriminated against killed tortured made to work for the ruling class kept in poverty, had their country stolen, Do I condone murder or terrorism. No. Is it understandable here. Yes, to everyone but fools. His sainthood came because of what he did after he got power. No revenge no pay backs. He offered peace harmony and a future. Not many of us would have done the same.
12/6/2013 6:16:02 PM
gremlin says:
Arch Stanton:

Thanks for the sanity. It never ceases to amaze me how "left-wing people" will put a "flawed person on such a high pedestal".

Mandela has joined the ranks of JFK, MLK, Clinton, to name a few.
12/6/2013 7:33:22 PM
gremlin says:
Oh yeah, I almost forgot our very own "saint", Jack Layton
12/6/2013 8:26:24 PM
Sprague Street Superman says:
10 minutes on the internet would tell anybody that this man was not the saint the left wingy media keeps telling us he was.

One would have to be really really ignorant or just plain stupid to praise this man.

wake up people!
12/7/2013 9:50:18 PM
ThunderBayFullOfCrime says:
My question is... did he also do a lot of good after he served his time? Does he deserve forgiveness?

By no means is this man a saint but he does deserve forgiveness and I believe he wanted us to learn from his mistakes. What is boils down to is Nelson Mandela touched the world, both negatively and positively and will forever be remembered for his life, his mistakes and his triumphs.

Everyone has flaws, it is human.
12/9/2013 4:33:07 PM
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