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Book of condolence set up following death of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

People in Harborough can write in a book of condolence in tribute to the former South African president Nelson Mandela.

The book dedicated to Mr Mandela, who died on Thursday, is inside St Dionysis Church in High Street, Harborough.

The Rev John Morley told the Mail: “It’s available for people to go in and put their comments all this week and the early part of next week.

“We thought it was appropriate to do that because his influence was felt not just in South Africa but throughout the world.”

Once closed the book will be sent to South Africa House, the home of the South African High Commission in London, said Rev Morley.

Vigils are continuing across South Africa as thousands mourn his death aged 95.

Mr Mandela spent 27 years in jail before becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

His administration replaced the racist white-minority regime that had enforced segregation of black and white people in a policy known as apartheid.

He went on to become one of the world’s most respected statesmen.

Mr Mandela will be laid to rest in a state funeral this Sunday.

 

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