Several Southland lawmakers, including those representing Diamond Bar and Walnut, have reflected on his death in statements.
"The world lost a deeply courageous man today; his life's work and achievements will forever serve as a bright example of absolute selflessness and humility in the ongoing struggle for human dignity and freedom," said state. Sen. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar.
U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, chaired the Subcommittee on Africa from 1997 to 2004 and met with Mandela in 1997 in South Africa, according to his website.
“The world has lost a humble, courageous and generous man. One of democracy’s strongest champions, Nelson Mandela selflessly served South Africa," Royce said. "His vision and lack of vindictiveness was amazing, and brought South Africans through a very difficult transition, which could have gone in a very different, violent direction. Most impressively, he elected to serve a single presidential term, turning over power he assuredly could have kept. When others remained silent, Mandela spoke out against Mugabe’s tyranny in neighboring Zimbabwe. His message of reconciliation must endure.”
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, also reflected on Mandela on her Facebook page.
the passing of Nelson Mandela today, the world has lost a true hero for
freedom," she wrote. "We should all carry out his vision of equality in our daily