Mandela - Transformative & Courageous Leader & Statesman

Death of International Statesman Nelson Mandela and his burial today fills me with enormous sadness.

The Nobel Peace Prize Winner made an enormous positive contribution to life in South Africa and across the globe including Northern Ireland.

Mandela once stated “"It always seems impossible until it's done." Ending Apartheid seemed impossible but it was done.

Moving from violence to peace, reconciliation and saving South Africa from Civil War through transformative gestures of leadership by, for example, supporting the Springboks Rugby Team seemed impossible but it was done.

Today, in death, Mandela serves as an example of what can be possible through courageous leadership to people across the world including people in Northern Ireland struggling to move forward following our divisive conflict.

Words of Nelson Mandela that “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” Seem apt whilst we work to resolve key issues with Richard Haass.