December 6, 2013
Clark Gascoigne, +1 202 293 0740 ext. 222
The Right Leader for South Africa—and the World—at the Right Time
WASHINGTON DC – Global Financial Integrity today mourned the passing of civil rights leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at his home in South Africa at the age of 95. Global Financial Integrity expressed sympathy for the people of South Africa for losing an iconic leader.
After nearly three decades of imprisonment, Mandela was freed in 1990. He publicly responded with a message of reconciliation, rather than vengeance, and helped unite South Africa after the end of apartheid. Later, Mandela was elected as the first black President of South Africa, and pursued an agenda of social welfare and inclusion.
Raymond W. Baker, President of Global Financial Integrity, commented, “Nelson Mandela spent his life campaigning for equality, accountability, and increased social welfare for the people of South Africa. The world will miss the example of peaceful reconciliation that he set. His legacy transcended beyond South Africa, impacting billions of people around the world. His vision, leadership, and perseverance have been an inspiration to me, personally, and to the work that we do at Global Financial Integrity every day.”
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