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PM for Tuesday Memorial service

By SEAN DOUGLAS Sunday, December 8 2013

PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will attend the official State Memorial Service to be held on Tuesday at Johannesburg for former South Africa president, the late Nelson Mandela, a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said yesterday. Persad-Bissessar last Friday told the Lower House that she would attend Mandela’s funeral at his hometown of Qunu due next Sunday, December 15. Persad-Bissessar will represent the Caribbean Community (Caricom) of which she is Chair.

Caricom, by messages from its Chair, its Secretary-General and other Heads of Government in the Community, joined the world in mourning the death and honouring the life of Mr Mandela and in offering deepest condolences to his widow Ms Graca Machel, the entire Mandela family, and the government and people of South Africa.

The statement recalled that Caricom was graced by a visit from Mandela at its 25th Anniversary celebrations in Saint Lucia, in 1998, where he met with Heads of Government. “His buoyant spirit and ebullient sense of humour endeared him to all, exemplified as he rose from his seat and danced to the music at the concert to mark the occasion.”

Meanwhile, leader of the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) Makandal Daaga and his wife, Liseli, along with other members of NJAC have joined the world in sending condolences to the family, government and people of South Africa on the passing of Mandela.

Daaga said Mandela’s passing was an “irreplaceable loss, but he has left humanity with a legacy that serves to remind us of the nobility, the spirituality and the sense of sacrifice that is the hallmark of a true freedom fighter.” In a release yesterday, NJAC said it was proud to have played an important part in creating an awareness of the struggle for South African liberation which Mandela symbolised.

Daaga said NJAC was united with the people of South Africa in singing praises to the man who freed that country from apartheid, and stood with the people in paying honour to “one of the most humane, yet powerful persons to walk this earth.”

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