Nelson Mandela: Civic event in Westminster to celebrate life

December 12, 2013 8:08 AM

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Nelson Mandela: Civic event in Westminster to celebrate life

Politicians, musicians and artists are to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela at a special event in Westminster.

Veteran activist Tony Benn, Commons Speaker John Bercow and TUC leader Frances O'Grady will be among those paying tribute to the former South African president, who died last week.

The commemoration will take place in Westminster Hall, where Mr Mandela addressed parliamentarians in 1996.

Thursday's event is intended as an opportunity for people from different walks of life and the South African diaspora in the UK to recognise Mr Mandela's achievements and legacy.

Foreign Secretary William Hague, Labour leader Ed Miliband and House of Lords Speaker Baroness d'Souza will be among parliamentarians to speak.

Lord Joffe, the South African-born lawyer who represented Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia trial which led to his 27-year imprisonment and Dillon Woods, son of the journalist and anti-apartheid campaigner Donald Woods - whose books were the inspiration for the 1980s film Cry Freedom - will also given personal tributes.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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