Minn. congresswoman mourns Mandela’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum says the world “has lost an icon for justice and a true freedom fighter” with the death of Nelson Mandela.

McCollum issued a statement Thursday on the death of Mandela. South Africa’s first black president died at age 95.

McCollum says Mandela inspired “not only Africans, but a global generation committed to abolishing apartheid.”

The Democratic congresswoman extended her condolences to the people of South Africa for their loss, which she calls “truly a loss for the human race.”

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