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Scotland’s politicians pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

The Saltire at half mast alongside the South African flat outside the Scottish Government offices in Edinburgh

The Saltire at half mast alongside the South African flat outside the Scottish Government offices in Edinburgh

The South African national flag was flown at half-mast alongside the Saltire outside Scottish Government headquarters at St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh, to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela.

Scotland political figures also paid tribute to the South African leader after he passed away at home on Thursday evening.

Alex Salmond said: “The death of Nelson Mandela marks the passing of a great statesman and a global icon, so it is only appropriate that we here in Scotland, a land Mr Mandela had great affinity with, mark his passing appropriately.

“That is why I have today instructed that the South African national flag should fly at half-mast alongside the Saltire outside St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh.

“The whole world is marking the loss of a great leader – all of Scotland feels that loss, and we join the people of South Africa in particular in marking Mr Mandela’s passing.”

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Johann Lamont

The Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont said: “Nelson Mandela is the towering figure of my life since I became politically aware. He fought injustice when there seemed to be no chance of victory. But he fought. He endured. And he won.

“And when Nelson Mandela won he struggled as hard for peace as he had to defeat apartheid.

“Nelson Mandela was the best of Africa - he was the best of humanity - he was the best of us all.”

Ruth Davidson

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: “Nelson Mandela was a giant of our age.

“He healed his nation and, in doing so, inspired millions.

“He showed the world that reconciliation could be a more powerful force than retribution.”

Union tribute

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said: “It is impossible to overstate the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Quite simply, he changed the world and in doing so gave hope to millions that even in the face of crushing injustice a better future was possible. “Not only did he lead the people of South Africa to freedom, in overthrowing apartheid and returning his country to the family of Nations, he provided the most powerful example possible for all who are committed to the cause of social and economic justice. “He was an inspiration to me and to millions across the globe. He was an astonishing and remarkable human being - a man of great wisdom, dignity, fortitude, integrity and compassion. He endured decades of persecution with the same strength and courage he demonstrated in reaching out to his persecutors. “Nelson Mandela embodied all that is good in humanity. “He was a revolutionary leader who became a President and the greatest statesman we have even known. “He did his duty and his long walk is over. Ours continues emboldened by his example. “Nelson Mandela – Madiba - Rest in Peace.”

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