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Friday, 06th December 2013 I For immediate release
The Salvation Army has paid tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela, saying that his dedication to social justice and reconciliation is also at the heart of the mission and vision of The Salvation Army.
In response to the death of South Africa’s first democratically elected President, the Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army in South Africa, Commissioner William Langa extended his condolences to members of Mr Mandela’s family, as well as to all South Africans who held the statesman in veneration.
“Mr Mandela’s immeasurable contribution to South Africa cannot be overstated. His commitment to helping the poor and vulnerable, and his pursuit of reconciliation in our divided society was a shining example to those of us who serve the Lord Jesus Christ through The Salvation Army,” Commissioner Langa said.
“Salvationists throughout the world have recognised his statesmanship and moral leadership. May his soul rest in peace in the everlasting arms of Christ,” the Commissioner concluded.
Carin A. Holmes
Territorial Public Relations Secretary
The Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army encompasses four countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland – and the island of St Helena. Its officers, soldiers and full-time employees provide their spiritual and community services through approximately 230 corps (churches), societies and outposts, as well as through schools, hospitals, institutions for children, street children, the elderly, men and abused women, and daycare, goodwill, rehabilitation and social centres.
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