Following the sad death of Nelson Mandela which was announced last night, Merton Council will be lowering the Union Jack and Merton flag outside the Civic Centre until 8pm this evening.
This morning, Mayor of Merton Councillor Krystal Miller and Leader of the council Councillor Stephen Alambritis signed a book of condolence.
The book will be outside Morden Library for a week so members of the public can pay their respects to the former President of South Africa.
Mayor of Merton Council Councillor Krystal Miller said: “Nelson Mandela was an inspirational world leader who stood for democracy and freedom. His lifelong fight against racial oppression and for peace and unity are a great example to us all.”
Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “People all over the world were saddened to hear of the death of Nelson Mandela. He led a remarkable life and did so much for so many people. We all feel his loss and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and all citizens of South Africa at this time, including those in our own South African community in Merton.”