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Liz
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 3:14:57 PM

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South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, South Africa's president says.

Mr Mandela, 95, led South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison. He had been receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection after three months in hospital. In a statement on South African national TV, Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela had "departed" and was at peace.

"Our nation has lost its greatest son," Mr Zuma said.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was one of the world's most revered statesmen after preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years. He had rarely been seen in public since officially retiring in 2004.

"What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves," Mr Zuma said. "Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell."

UK Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to Mr Mandela, saying "a great light has gone out in the world".

Earlier, the BBC's Mike Wooldridge, outside Mr Mandela's home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton, said there appeared to have been an unusually large family gathering. Among those attending was family elder Bantu Holomisa. A number of government vehicles were there during the evening as well, our correspondent says.

Since he was released from hospital, the South African presidency repeatedly described Mr Mandela's condition as critical but stable.

Born in 1918, Nelson Mandela joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1943, as a law student. He and other ANC leaders campaigned against apartheid (white-only rule). He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964, but was released in 1990 as South Africa began to move away from strict racial segregation.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected South Africa's first black president in 1994. He stepped down after five years in office. After leaving office, he became South Africa's highest-profile ambassador, campaigning against HIV/Aids and helping to secure his country's right to host the 2010 football World Cup.

He was also involved in peace negotiations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and other countries in Africa and elsewhere.

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Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013

1918 Born in the Eastern Cape

1943 Joined African National Congress

1956 Charged with high treason, but charges dropped after a four-year trial

1962 Arrested, convicted of incitement and leaving country without a passport, sentenced to five years in prison

1964 Charged with sabotage, sentenced to life

1990 Freed from prison

1993 Wins Nobel Peace Prize

1994 Elected first black president

1999 Steps down as leader

2001 Diagnosed with prostate cancer

2004 Retires from public life

2005 Announces his son has died of an HIV/Aids-related illness


Source: BBC

Delphi
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 3:27:08 PM

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What a man. RIP.

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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 3:35:38 PM

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What a legacy he leaves behind. May he rest in peace.


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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 3:39:37 PM

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May he rest in peace. He was the epitome of courage and taught us the value of forgiveness and reconciliation even in the most trying circumstances.

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I'm glad he went peacefully. I'm not sad about his passing. He was 95 and lived a full life as a revolutionary and a peacemaker. I'm very grateful for him.



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The people of the world have lost a true champion of Human Rights and a soldier of Peace. Long live his memory and let us all learn from his example.





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Rest in peace and God bless him. Embodied everything we should aspire to be.

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A brilliant man. R.I.P.
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Truly one of my favorite people.
Hero, Humanitarian, Tolerant, and Beautiful Soul.
I have been looking forward to the movie coming out, and had hoped he'd still be around to see the overwhelming support and love.
He has inspired me at different times, and awaken me.
Rest in Peace Madiba!!!

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nicola wrote:
A brilliant man. R.I.P.

No comment, you'd kick out if I said my opinion.
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dpw wrote:

No comment, you'd kick out if I said my opinion.


Probably. I've had enough of assholes trying to belittle important events this week.
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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 5:43:22 PM

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dpw wrote:

No comment, you'd kick out if I said my opinion.


It's not really the forum for "anti" Mandela stuff - the clue is in the title really...



Please don't be a wee fanny on this one, DPW, mmkay?

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R.I.P Nelson Mandela. He was an amazing man.



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A HERO for his own people and an inspiration for all freedom loving people everywhere...

xx SF

(More to be written and discussed but not here and not now...)

May he rest in honoured peace. Our world is diminished by his passing.

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There are very few people in the world that have had as a significant impact on the world that Nelson Mandela has.

A visionary, a patient man, a loving man. He has gone through hell and back to teach us all very important lessons. He went to jail trying to end apartheid, to lead his country decades later.

RIP Mr Mandela, the world was very lucky to have you for the time we did. Let's just hope that we learned something from your efforts and carry on your determination and drive.

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He was a true visionary leader who built a great legacy through his suffering, sacrifice, leadership, and spirit. He broke down racial barriers and opened minds. South Africa has a much brighter future because of him.





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If there's one man that made the world a better place, it's him. His way of life is an example to us all. But he lived a full, and powerfully poignant life.

Rest in Peace.



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He was truly a great man, in 1995 is a year that we will never, ever forget
he brought a nation together, a spirit that is beyond your imagination...
Rest in peace, Madiba - father of a nation....



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xx SF

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R.I.P

Not much left to say that hasn't been said!!
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Mazza wrote:




A man who changed the lives of South Africans . May he rest in peace
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Everyone who aspires to be a leader of a nation should take a look at this man. The world would be a much better place if they followed his example.

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
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R.I.P Nelson Mandela, you made the world a better place.xx
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May he rest in peace.

And may we never rest until we have peace.

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It is interesting as all the leaders rush forward to bask in the limelight of the cameras that history is somewhat distorted? Britain and the USA supported the apartheid white South African regime until almost the very end. Canada (thank god) DID NOT!! Mandela remained on the USA's "terror list" until his 90th birthday (well after he had received the Nobel Prize). When Congress finally voted to call for his release Dick Cheney voted AGAINST. Mandela has been particularly scathing in his comments on USA policy in several areas of the world, but particularly in Palestine. Obama sanctions many many policies that Mandela spoke directly against, so casting yourself as his "longtime friend" is more than a bit disingenuous. Disgusting how politicians seek to profit by scavenging a dead mans legacy……a legacy of true greatness. Those who want to know what Mandela really stands for should read his writings, not listen to Obama or David Cameron.

May the great man and his incredible smile RIP.
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