Commenting on the passing of Nelson Mandela, Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:
"Today we have lost not only an inspirational leader, but also a truly great man.
"Nelson Mandela personifies the struggle for freedom and equality for all. Through his courage and perseverance he achieved what so many considered to be impossible and brought about real change. After centuries of oppression he liberated South Africa from the tyranny of racial apartheid and in doing so demonstrated to the rest of the world how to lead with compassion and grace.
"His ability to unify communities and deliver justice to a fractured and tormented state is unparalleled and his legacy will continue for generations to come."