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MP’s tribute after death of Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Falkirk MP Michael Connarty paid tribute to Nelson Mandela this week.

The politician, who was involved in anti-apartheid demonstrations and rallies, called South Africa’s former president, who died last Thursday, a “true man of the people”.

Mr Connarty said: “Nelson Mandela was a hugely inspirational figure who touched millions of lives in my generation as he became the symbol of the politics of the anti-apartheid movement.

“As student president at Stirling, we organised buses to protest at cricket and rugby games involving South Africa under apartheid.

“I was honoured to be invited as a guest to the celebrations in the South African Embassy after Mandela was elected as South Africa’s first black president.

“I also joined thousands of others in George Square in Glasgow to see and hear Mandela receive the freedom of Glasgow and eight other UK cities.

“When Nelson Mandela quietly returned to the stage during the performance of South African musicians and started to dance his famous ‘Mandela Shuffle’, the crowd erupted in cheering. A true man of the people.”

 

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