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BOOK OF CONDOLENCE: Nelson Mandela

WALTHAM FOREST residents can pay tribute to Nelson Mandela after a book of condolence was set up in the east London borough.

Anyone wishing to sign the book can do so in the reception of the Waltham Forest Town Hall in Forest Road, Walthamstow.

There is also an online book of condolence available for everyone to sign.

Council leader Chris Robbins, paid tribute to Mr Mandela on Friday (December 6), the morning after the former South African president passed away aged 95.

He told the Waltham Forest Guardian: “There can surely be no other figure who has stood out during my lifetimes as an inspiration to people everywhere. Nelson Mandela was a true hero, not only for his people in South African, but for people all over the world who stand up for what they believe in.”

He added: "His example has particular significant for a borough like ours where so many people from so many parts of the world look to someone like him. His legacy will be to provide faith to anyone who works to change the world into a better and fairer place for all.”

The anti-apateid hero died at his Johannesburg home yesterday (Dec 5). He was 95.

The announcement came from the current President Jacob Zuma. Addressing the nation, Zuma said: "Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Mandela has departed.

"He passed on peacefully in the company of his family at about 20:50. He is now rested. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son, our people have lost a father."

Mandela had returned home on September 1 in a critical condition after being in a Pretoria hospital for almost three months - the fourth time he had been admitted to hospital since December. He had battled a series of lung infections and respiratory illnesses in the past few years.

Some of the messages left for Nelson Mandela include:

"Nelson Mandela, the world mourns the loss of a truly inspirational yet humble man. We fought for your freedom and you fought for the freedom of all. You alone changed the thinking of so many not only in South Africa but throughout the world. Your long journey has ended rest now in the knowledge that your legacy will live on forever and your name symbolic of freedom." Shelaghs, Chingford

"Rest In Peace Mr Mandela now your work is done," wrote Scott, from Walthamstow.

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