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Last Friday, she invited him to be part
of the T&T delegation to South Africa for
the Mandela memorial service, which took
place on Tuesday, and yesterday s viewing
of the body at the Union Buildings, which
South Africa President Jacob Zuma has
renamed the Mandela Amphitheatre.
Persad-Bissessar expressed her gratitude
to Rowley for accepting her invitation yes-
terday. She said the other members of the
delegation were unable to view the body
because of security concerns.
Questioned about Rowley s acceptance
of her invitation to be part of the dele-
gation, Persad-Bissessar said it was "most
appropriate for him to attend with us
here," and that she and Rowley "had very
cordial discussions about other matters."
She did not elaborate.
Persad-Bissessar said it was "a very
moving experience to be on the African
Pretoria was a very green city with good
roads, she said, and she was really
The T&T delegation returns home this
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yes-
terday by phone, Persad-Bissessar said
while the memorial was very celebratory,
the viewing of the body "was more som-
bre, and it really struck home that we have
really lost a great son of the world."
She said she felt "more sadness over
the great loss of Mandela."
In response to a question on any further
tributes by T&T in memory of Mandela,
Persad-Bissessar said, "We ll have to give
more consideration to that."
On Tuesday, she said the Caribbean
Airlines aircraft which carried the T&T
delegation and two other Caricom heads
to South Africa will be named in honour
Persad-Bissessar, who is also the chair-
man of Caricom, said that body will also
have to consider a fitting tribute to Man-
dela in addition to the individual member
"All in all we have a lot to learn from
the life of Mr Mandela," the PM said.
She noted that it was a significant occa-
sion when so many leaders of the world
journeyed to South Africa to pay tribute
to a great man.
Persad-Bissessar said Mandela will for-
ever be revered worldwide for successfully
shepherding the country towards a peaceful
transition to multiracial democracy after
three centuries of white domination.
Mandela was jailed for 27 years for his
attempts to dismantle the apartheid system
which prevailed in his country.
He subsequently became president in
1994 and served for one term.
Asked if the bi-partisan approach would
continue in T&T during a joint press con-
ference in Pretoria yesterday, Persad-
Bissessar she felt all parties in South Africa,
including herself and Rowley, would do
all in their power to see a better T&T.
Political analyst Winsford James said
yesterday that Persad-Bissessar should be
given marks for inviting Rowley to be part
of the official delegation to the Mandela
memorial and public viewing of the body
in South Africa. He said Persad-Bissessar
was "quite generous, noble and politically
correct to choose Rowley as the next per-
son to accompany her. Who else could
she have chosen. It was a display of wis-
dom and she must get marks for that."
James said inviting Rowley to visit South
Africa was in keeping with what Mandela
would have wanted of all leaders acrosss
the world. He said Mandela had "the ability
to bring people together" and it was
important that the PM and Rowley went
to pay homage to "the great Nelson Man-
Another political analyst, Indira Ram-
persad, said Persad-Bissessar s invitation
to Rowley was "a magnanimous gesture,"
especially under the existing adversarial
system of governance. She said under this
system, government and opposition do
not share such experiences frequently.
Rampersad said while there was no
guarantee that such gestures will continue
when they return, she hopes there would
be "more amicable relations in the interest
of the country."
She said Mandela was an international
icon and a hero, and consequently and
such gestures were in keeping with the
way he lived. She said it should not be
seen as a political gesture because it was
Former prime minister Basdeo Panday
said the move by Persad-Bissessar had no
"I don t think it means anything. I don t
know of what significance it is for the
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The Law Association s special general meeting
had to be rescheduled yesterday because of a
It has been rescheduled to next Wednesday.
Sources within the association said when the
meeting was convened at the Hall of Justice, Port-
of-Spain, around 3 pm yesterday, only seven mem-
bers were present.
Law association president Seenath Jairam was
not at the meeting, as he was said to be overseas.
Vice-president Gerry Brooks attended.
The motion due to be discussed at the meeting
was approval for a $15 million budget to outfit the
association s new headquarters on Frederick Street,
Port-of-Spain, and a 15-year mortgage to fund
The T&T Guardian understands that the asso-
ciation needed a quorum of at least 60 members
for a vote on the motion.
The new property was purchased early this
year for $13 million, while repair and retro-fitting
work has been estimated at another $2.5 million.
Once approved, the new building will include a
car park for 16 cars, a library and mediation facil-
The association had previously bought land at
Hayes Street, St Clair, and planned to construct
a building there, but instead sold the land in Octo-
ber for $7.5 million.
Another issue which was expected to be raised
is the recent public criticism over the judiciary s
delay in the delivery of judgments in major appeal
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Rivals unite in SA
Law body fails
to get quorum
Law Association senior ordinary member Lynette
Seebaran-Suite and junior ordinary member Shiv
Sharma outside the Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain,
yesterday. A planned meeting of the association
had to be rescheduled because of the lack of a
quorum. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
Members of the Soweto Spiritual Singers give an impromptu performance on the streets
of Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday, as South Africans continued to celebrate the life of
Nelson Mandela. Mandela's body was taken to the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday,
where it is to lie in state for public viewing ahead of his funeral on Sunday.
PHOTO COURTESY OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
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