Premier’s statement on the death of Nelson Mandela

Premier Christy Clark has delivered the following statement:

“Along with the rest of the world, I was saddened to hear of the death of one of humanity’s true heroes, Nelson Mandela.

“With the example he set, incalculable personal courage and true leadership, Mandela literally transformed his country. Largely because of him, South Africa’s transition from apartheid to multiracial democracy was peaceful. It’s easy to forget it could have been very different.

“Few people can claim a better legacy, or have made a more significant difference.

“My thoughts are with Mr. Mandela’s family and the people of the country he loved. He was South African, but he belonged to the world.”