Former President of South Africa and Anti-Apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 on Thursday, December 5.
Since June of this year Mandela was hospitalized many times and suffered years of ill-health prior. His death was one that was anticipated but still tragic to a nation who loved and admired his life of dedication to change.
Current South African President Jacob Zuma announced in a statement, “He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” he said. Zuma continued, “What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”
After spending 27 years in prison for suspicions of conspiring to overthrow the government at that time, Mandela served as the first black South African President from 1994 – 1999. He was also known worldwide as the man who ended apartheid.
The Nobel Peace Prize recipient also has a film that depicts his journey, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” into presidency that came out late last month.
RIP Nelson Mandela! You lived a wonderful and positive life touching millions all over the world. Prayers to all those who loved and cared for you.
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