R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

(Reuters) – Former South African President Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, President Jacob Zuma said.

Mandela, the country’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon, emerged from 27 years in apartheid prisons to help guide South Africa through bloodshed and turmoil to democracy.

“Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rohlihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,” Zuma said in a nationally televised address.

“Our people have lost a father. Although we knew this day was going to come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, passion and humanity, earned him their love,” he added.

Mandela would receive a full state funeral, Zuma said, ordering flags to be flown at half mast.

Mandela rose from rural obscurity to challenge the might of white minority apartheid government – a struggle that gave the 20th century one of its most respected and loved figures.

He was among the first to advocate armed resistance to apartheid in 1960, but was quick to preach reconciliation and forgiveness when the country’s white minority began easing its grip on power 30 years later.

Mandela was elected president in landmark all-race elections in 1994 and retired in 1999.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, an honor he shared with F.W. de Klerk, the white Afrikaner leader who released from jail arguably the world’s most famous political prisoner.

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9 thoughts on “R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

  1. Rest In Paradise Warrior Mandela…

    You made us more than proud worldwide to know & claim the same fraternal order as (residents &) direct descendants of Mother Africa.

    An inspiration to all Africans.

    Your name shall be among Shaka, Hannibal, Imohtep, Yaa Asantewaa, Hatshepsutsitou, Selassie And long list of those worthy of admiration who smiled at adversity while standing strong against the hydra of racism.

    Y’all already know what it is.

  2. He is a political leader activist/advocate opposition leader dissident/agitator liberator/freedom fighter former detainee/prisoner and statesman he is the first black president ruled for six years since the end of apartheid rule and becomes a constitutional republic in several years since 1994-99 until he retired from politics becomes an advocate of peace and reconciliation unity and progress for the people of South Africa and a multi-awarded pacifist won a Nobel peace prize and the United Nations toward peace freedom and democracy in the world he died of complications at the age of 95 they mourned him as a hero of South Africa and the African Union and Non-Aligned Nations and the free world remains a political icons of all time.Thanks for the information.From:Wayne

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