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South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Dies

Mandela(BBC) – 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.
MandelaNelson Mandela was in hospital for nearly three months
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."

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.

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.
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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

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+3 #9 2013-12-10 03:56
I read in the observer that jammeh is attending this funeral..

Sad! Sad! Sad!

jammeh does not belong here. This is not Mugabe's funeral.
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+4 #8 2013-12-06 21:42
Love the way S/Africans celebrated and rejoiced at this sad,but anticipated news...

No amount of words can do justice to what Mandela achieved in his struggles for a multi-racial South Africa...

For me,he was simply the greatest African statesman of modern times...

South Africa of today would not have been possible without the re-conciliatory and forgiving leadership approach he took at the dawn of the new and all inclusive South Africa...

His compassion,love and forgiveness towards his jailers and oppressors of his people,is beyond comprehension...

He was the embodiment of those rare human qualities that could have made this world a peaceful and enjoyable place for all humans,had more leaders possessed a fraction of them...

Mandela was a unique human being,the like of whom the world might never see again for a long time..

Rest in peace,Madiba...
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+5 #7 2013-12-06 20:12
cont. from below
"Evidently, Mandela’s work is unfinished. Oppression is oppression irrespective of the skin color or race of the oppressor. Africa is still not free. She needs a second liberation from the black neo-colonialists, Swiss bank socialists, quack revolutionaries , military coconuts, crocodile liberators, briefcase bandits Vampires like dictator jammeh of The Gambia etc."
Mandela is a Pan-africanist and a democrate who has believed in the power of the truth
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+4 #6 2013-12-06 20:06
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"Mandela never arrested a critic or anyone who disagreed with him. Many of the others label critics as “saboteurs,” “counter-revolutionaries ,” “colonial stooges,” etc. to be liquidated. One can even be jailed for saying that the president is not well.
Mandela could sit down and reconcile with his tormentors and enemies. Most of the others have a heart as cold as ice. Their idea of reconciliation is confrontation with a bazooka, multiple grenade launchers and heavy-duty firepower, ready for battle.
Had Africa had just 10 Mandelas after independence in the 1960s, the history of post colonial Africa would have been vastly different.
The problem today is, we can’t remove many of them without destroying our countries. Yet, they are the very same despicable varmints who will troop to Mandela’s funeral and weep uncontrollably. Some coconut tears."
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+4 #5 2013-12-06 20:03
"Mandela Passes
He was truly an African hero and leader, a man of indefatigable determination, steely courage, indomitable spirit and unbending will. He endured great hardships and personal sacrifices to bring freedom to his people. Yet, he had a heart big enough to forgive and reconcile. He indeed will rest in peace.
The contrast between Mandela and the others is like night and day. Mandela served only one term; they serve 10,20,30 and even 40 years in office.And then groom their wives, sons, cats, dogs and even goats to succeed them. The presidency is their family property.
Mandela died peacefully in his own country. The others die violently – Khaddafi, shot in between the eyes; Abacha poisoned; Samuel Doe, an ear cut off; Mainassara, blown into bits, etc. Many died in exile or foreign hospitals.
Mandela never had a Swiss bank account or a mansion in foreign capital. Most of the others have looted their treasuries clean to build huge fortunes and mansions abroad."
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+6 #4 2013-12-06 01:20
WE are blessed to have lived in the time of Nelson Mandela.

In my heart, when Africa portrayed a confusing picture of despair, Mr Mandela, was that reference point for the very best that African's can be. A beacon of hope in a sea of troubles.

A rock of ages...that will never fade with time.

May I express my heartfelt condolancies to his family...and to all African's..and indeed the world at his passing.

May his kind soul rest in perfect peace.

Amen.
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+10 #3 2013-12-05 22:57
This is a very sad day for Africa and its people; a time for mourning but also a time for reflection...

May his soul rest in perfect peace; may the struggle to emancipate those parts of the continent still being ruled by terror from claws of the dictators; may we succeed in eradicating poverty and bringing development to the continent and its people; may we succeed in eliminating economic and political dependencies of the continent on the outside players. Amen
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+5 #2 2013-12-05 22:56
This is a very sad day for Africa and its people; a time for mourning but also a time for reflection...

May his soul rest in perfect peace; may the struggle to emancipated those parts of the continent still being ruled by terror from claws of the dictators; may we succeed in eradicating poverty and bringing development to the continent and its people; may we succeed in eliminating economic and political dependencies of the continent on the outside players. Amen
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+4 #1 2013-12-05 22:53
This is a very sad day for Africa and its people; a time for mourning but also a time for reflection...

May his soul rest in perfect peace; may the struggle to emanate those parts of the continent still being ruled by terror from claws of the dictators; may we succeed in eradicating poverty and bringing development to the continent and its people; may we succeed in eliminating economic and political dependencies of the continent on the outside players. Amen!
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