Tributes to statesman Mandela

Nelson Mandela is offered Freedom of Midlothian, 1985

Nelson Mandela is offered Freedom of Midlothian, 1985

Midlothian’s political leaders have joined the tributes paid to former South African president, Nelson Mandela, who died last week.

Statesman Mandela (95) was first invited to visit Midlothian in 1985 to receive the freedom of the county.

However, it was not until 1993 – three years after his release from prison – that he was able to receive the freeman honour at a ceremony in Glasgow.

Flags in the area will be at half mast to commemorate the former South African president. Mr Mandela was the country’s first post-apartheid prime minister from 1994 until 1999.

He and SA president F W de Klerk received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

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