African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela smiles broadly 27 April 1994 in Oshlange, black township near Durban, as he casts his historic vote during South Africa's first democratic and all-race general elections. *AFP photo
African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela smiles broadly 27 April 1994 in Oshlange, black township near Durban, as he casts his historic vote during South Africa's first democratic and all-race general elections. *AFP photo
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Tributes for Nelson Mandela were today led by the Bermudian who founded the anti-apartheid movement on the island.

Glenn Fubler told the Bermuda Sun that Mandela’s legacy of overcoming adversity and emerging from it with the spirit of forgiveness remains a powerful lesson for Bermudians even now.

Mr Fubler, who named his son Gordon Mandela Fubler after Mandela, founded the local Anti-Apartheid Movement in the early 1980s.

He went on to take part in demonstrations in London and organize fundraising events back on the island.

Mr Fubler said: “Nelson Mandela demonstrated the potential to overcome personal challenges.

“The 27 years in prison speaks for itself.

“But his emergence from that incarceration with the attitude of forgiveness is an example that people can still learn from today.

“He demonstrated that people in chains can still have power – the power to change things despite what you are going through.

“That is his legacy and it is one that still holds true to young Bermudians today.”

He said: “As the founder of the local Anti-Apartheid Movement, numerous people have been in touch regarding a response to these circumstances."