The Press Association of Jamaica joins with the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) in mourning the passing of one of the world’s most inspirational leaders, Nelson Mandela.
The FAJ recalls with all sense of respect and admiration, this courageous leader who despite having been imprisoned for 27 years for standing up against apartheid, returned in 1994 to be elected South Africa’s first black President. He left yet another legacy for African Leaders when he opted out after serving only one term.
The FAJ and the PAJ agree with what South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma said, “what made Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.” He was a true patriot who will greatly be missed but whose spirit and legacy live on.
This great historic revolutionary, an icon of freedom, remained steadfast to the end despite the years of being behind bars which took away his freedom and his ability to choose his way of life. We shall remember him for bringing South Africans together and like former British Prime Minister, John Major said of him, he not only exposed apartheid as immoral but stupid.