06 Dec 2013


EU Priorities 2020

Press release

Nelson Mandela - the symbol of justice who will never be forgotten


"Nelson Mandela was, and will continue to be, a symbol and an inspiration to everybody throughout the world that he moved through his extraordinary actions," GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer said today upon hearing news of the death of the former South African president.


"Our thoughts and solidarity go to his family, friends and comrades. His courage, his struggle for justice, democracy and human rights is and remains an example for entire generations not only in South Africa but throughout the world. As a leader, as a politician, as an activist, his commitment to freedom, democracy and equality during the apartheid regime will never be forgotten."

"Despite years spent in prison, he never lost his hope for a better world, one in which all men and all women can recognise themselves today and in the future."

"Nelson Mandela remains a role model for all of us."


GUE/NGL Press Contacts:

Emily Macintosh +32 470 85 05 08

Gay Kavanagh +32 473 84 23 20

European United Left / Nordic Green Left

European Parliamentary Group