Statement / Africa 6 December 2013 Statement on the Death of Nelson Mandela Share Facebook Twitter Email Save Print Also available in Français Français English The world has lost the most inspiring figure of the last century. Relentless in resistance, extraordinarily generous in victory, Nelson Mandela never put himself ahead of his ideals. He endured long imprisonment without bitterness. As South Africa's president, he wielded great power but he never clung to it. He knew when to compromise, and when not to. His wisdom made him the hero of South Africa, of the continent and of the entire world. Long live his wisdom. Brussels Related Tags South Africa More for you Briefing / Africa Four Conflict Prevention Opportunities for South Africa’s Foreign Policy Q&A / Africa Land Reform in South Africa: Fact and Fiction Up Next Commentary / Africa Can SADC Facilitate a Sustainable Solution to Lesotho’s Crisis?