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Mandela Day celebrates life of a great leader: Queen's University expert

2012-07-25

Queen’s University professor Marc Epprecht is available to comment on Mandela Day, a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday. Over 67 years, Mr. Mandela fought for the rights of humanity and today is dedicated to remembering him.

“Nelson Mandela was unquestionably a great leader and is deservedly remembered this day. For many black South Africans, however, his legacy is a mixed one and he is regarded somewhat like Mikhael Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union - a hero in the West but unpopular at home,” says Dr. Epprecht. “Mandela, to many South Africans, is associated with compromise (or capitulation to) the West on economic development, and policies that have entrenched the wealth and privileges of the country's white minority while deepening unemployment among the majority.”

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