The Government of Dominica has declared Tuesday, December 10, 2013 a national day of mourning as a mark of respect for the late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa.
The Dominican Flag shall be flown at half-staff on all public buildings in the State on that day.
Mandela died on December 5, at the age of 95, after ailing for some time.
Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, described Mandela “as possibly the world’s greatest leader.”
He said that the death of Mandela was saddening as he inspired several generations, pointing out his legacy will certainly live on amongst South Africans and people across the world.
“Nelson Mandela demonstrated to us, as people, the spirit and the importance of reconciliation. This was a man who could have easily demanded retribution because of the manner in which he was treated by the Apartheid regime but instead went through a process of truth and reconciliation and in that process united the people of South Africa,” the prime minister said.
Nelson Mandela was the first truly democratically elected President of South Africa, serving from 1994 to 1999. After his release from prison in 1990, he was instrumental in unifying South Africa following decades of white minority rule.
Following his single term as President, he would go on to be one of the world’s leading statesmen.