Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement following the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela:
"Few can be described as changing the course of history – Nelson Mandela is one of them.
"Tonight, we have lost a leader who guided his people and his nation from the evils of apartheid and towards a brighter future as the 'rainbow nation.' The true measure of his greatness – and one of the many things that set him apart – was his extraordinary magnanimity and lack of bitterness towards those who had imprisoned him for a seeming eternity. Instead, when he emerged from Victor Verster prison in 1990 and for the rest of his life, Nelson Mandela preached peace and reconciliation. His example and his towering moral authority, were enough to prevent a bloodbath during the early 1990s.
"South Africa's peaceful evolution is due in large measure to his outsized influence. One of the true giants of the last century is gone."