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Prime Minister John Key will lead a small group of New Zealanders to pay respects to Nelson Mandela at his official memorial service in South Africa.
“Nelson Mandela was a global icon for freedom who united South Africans following apartheid,” says Mr Key.
“Madiba’s achievements demonstrate what can be attained through forgiveness and reconciliation. His vision for South Africa was one of freedom and equality. It remains an inspiration to the world.”
Mr Key will be accompanied by the Minister of Maori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples; Leader of the Opposition, Hon David Cunliffe, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Jim Bolger; and former Foreign Minister and Secretary‑General of the Commonwealth, the Rt Hon Sir Don McKinnon.
“This distinguished delegation reflects the mana of Mr Mandela, and the highest regard in which New Zealand held him,” says Mr Key.
“New Zealand has a close friendship with South Africa, built on the solid foundation of Commonwealth, sporting and personal ties. New Zealanders felt an emotional connection with Nelson Mandela and our sympathies are with the people of South Africa at this difficult time.’’
An official memorial service will be held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday December 10. From December 11 to 13, Mr Mandela's body will lie in state at South Africa's seat of government, Pretoria's Union Buildings, before a private burial in Qunu on December 15.
The New Zealand delegation will leave tomorrow and return later this week.Tweet
Prime Minister John Key today expressed his sadness at the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
“Nelson Mandela was an inspirational leader, and a remarkable man,” says Mr Key.
“On behalf of the New Zealand people and the Government, I would like to express my sincere condolences to both his family and all South Africans.
“For years he symbolised South Africa’s hope for a future free from apartheid.
“Mr Mandela was a force for change, not only in South Africa, but around the world.
“In his time as President he helped South Africa come to terms with its past, and, through reconciliation, built the foundations for a stronger nation.”
A delegation headed by the Prime Minister will represent New Zealand at the funeral.Tweet