Nelson Mandela, South Africa's anti-apartheid icon, dies aged 95

Nelson Mandela, the global statesman who delivered South Africa from the dark days of apartheid, has died aged 95.

Mr Mandela had suffered from a series of lung infections over the past two years and died at home in the company of his family.

The news of his passing was made in a statement made by South African President Jacob Zuma which was broadcast on national TV.

"Our nation has lost its greatest son," said Mr Zuma, who praised the Mandela family for sacrificing so much "so that our people could be free".

"Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who more than any other came to embody their sense of a common nation," he said from Pretoria.

"Our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embraced Madiba as their own and who saw his cause as their cause.


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Comment by Peter Martin Page on December 14, 2013 at 4:09pm

Here is an example of Atheists admiring a believer. Nelson Mandela was a Methodist. He taught Sunday school and said the reason he didn't join the communist party was that their Atheism conflicted with his christian beliefs.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on December 14, 2013 at 3:23pm

A South African chain store has laid on one of the most touching tributes to Nelson Mandela we've seen in the past week – and it was in the form of a flash mob.

Woolworths teamed up with the Soweto Gospel Choir, who posed as shoppers and store workers at the Parkview store in Johannesburg.

The choir then began an "impromtu" rendition of Asimbonanga [We have not seen him], singing:

Asimbonanga [we have not seen him]
Asimbonang' uMandela thina [we have not seen Mandela]
Laph'ekhona [in the place where he is]
Laph'ehleli khona [in the place where he is kept]

Asimbonang 'umfowethu thina [we have not seen our brother]
Laph'ekhona [in the place where he is]
Laph'wafela khona [in the place where he died]
Sithi: Hey, wena [We say: hey, you]
Hey, wena nawe [Hey, you and you]
Siyofika nini la' siyakhona [when will we arrive at our destination]

The song was written during Mandela's incarceration as a call for his freedom.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on December 6, 2013 at 1:07pm

In Pictures: Nelson Mandela's legacy Nelson Mandela

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on December 6, 2013 at 12:06pm

I like what you say, Loren.

Here's Nelson presenting the winners cup to the South African rugby team captain at a World Cup final. Tradionally, rugby was a white mans game and soccer was a black mans game but Nelson ended those social barriers.

A great man !

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on December 6, 2013 at 9:51am

The White House

President Obama Speaks on the Death of Nelson Mandela

Comment by Loren Miller on December 6, 2013 at 6:32am

Considering the times he lived in and what he personally lived through, Napoleon, he was a singular and astonishing man.  Scott Pelley reported on CBS News that when he spoke with Bill Clinton on the phone during his presidency, he would also ask to talk with Chelsea, see how she was doing and if she had done her homework!  This was a man who loved PEOPLE, who engaged with them individually and personally.

I haven't the slightest idea where such people as Mandiba come from.  All I know is that this world has nowhere near enough of them, and now has lost one of its best.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on December 6, 2013 at 12:59am

Nice quote Loren. We will be hearing a lot of similar words in coming days.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 5, 2013 at 7:55pm

He was a man. Take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again.
-- William Shakespeare, Hamlet

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