Mississippi’s two U.S. senators, Republicans Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, responded quickly Thursday with statements of condolence on South African leader Nelson Mandela’s death.
Cochran said, “Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to many people around the world. He will be remembered for his courage, sacrifices and leadership during troubled times. May he now rest in well-deserved peace.”
Cochran met Nelson Mandela prior to his address to a joint session of Congress in 1990.
Wicker, R-Miss., a Tupelo resident, also praised the former South African president.
“I extend my deepest condolences to the Mandela family and the people of South Africa. The story of President Mandela is a remarkable epoch of courage and perseverance. Because of his leadership, South Africans saw an end to apartheid and the beginning of national reconciliation. It was a moving experience for me to visit Robben Island, where Mandela was unjustly held prisoner for more than 27 years. His legacy, however, is much more than his struggle against injustice,” Wicker said.
Similarly, U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee offered his sympathy.
“The world lost a great man today. We should all strive to follow Nelson Mandela’s example,” he said.