Presbyterian Moderator Dr Rob Craig has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela.
He said: “I am saddened to hear of the death of Nelson Mandela. With his passing the world has lost one of the great statesmen of recent times.
“There is much to learn from the life of Nelson Mandela particularly in the way he did not repeat the mistakes of the successive governments that tried to silence him and suppress his ideals.
“Rather, he embraced all the people of South Africa allowing their views and opinions to be heard. As a leader of all the people he united them in doing the best they could for their fellow countrymen under one flag and one national anthem, strengthened and enriched by the diversity of their individual identities.
“The prayers of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland are with his family and friends and for the nation of South Africa as they mourn the loss of the man who was inspirational and instrumental in transforming their country into what it is today.”