Statement of African National Congress (ANC) on Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

“…Madiba loved South Africa. We recall the strength of his fist punching the air as he stepped out of prison after 27 years; and his sternness during the negotiations for the freedom of our beloved country. We celebrate his ever-present smile, the cheerful Madiba jive, his love for children and great respect for the women of this country…”

“…Let us celebrate the gift of his life from this moment on.
Let us honour his memory in a dignified way as his leadership and stature deserves.
Let us participate in all the activities organised in his honour in a disciplined and respectful manner, until he is laid to rest.”

Message from the Hero of the Republic of Cuba, Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo on the passing of Nelson Mandela.

Those who dedicated unlimited resources to erase and rewrite the history of Nelson Mandela, those who had him on their list of “dangerous terrorists”, today will suffer from collective amnesia.


Those in the city of Miami who denied him homage because he embraced Fidel and thanked Cuba for its aid to Africa, today will have to sit in embarrassed silence.

The Cuban Five will continue facing every day our unfair imprisonment, until the end, inspired by his example of unwavering loyalty and strength.


Eternal Glory to the great Nelson Mandela!


Gerardo Hernández Nordelo
United States Penitentiary, Victorville

California, December 5, 2013

National Lawyers Guild Mourns Loss of Nelson Mandela

The National Lawyers Guild joins the people of South Africa and freedom-loving people the world over both in mourning the death of Nelson Mandela and celebrating his life. We are proud to have stood with Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) at a time when the United States government labeled him a terrorist. As our longtime member Lennox Hinds – Mandela’s lawyer in the United States – reminds us, “Mandela was arrested by the South African forces with the support of the CIA.” 
We are honored to have endorsed the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ANC in 1987. We are proud that our members were there to see South Africa’s first free elections, when Mandela was elected president and we are proud to have assisted the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Mostly, we are proud to have known and allied ourselves and our organization with one of the greatest political leaders of the 20th – or any – century, a lawyer who sacrificed so much and who represents our belief “that human rights are more sacred than property interests.”
We cannot view his death today as a loss to South Africa and the world. Rather, we see this as an opportunity to, once again, take heart that he walked the earth and to see him as an example of selflessness and courage that few of us will fully emulate but that each of us should aspire to. He represents what humanity, at its best, is capable of. He will be missed but never forgotten.