South Africa’s Nelson Mandela dies at 95

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

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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56 COMMENTS
  • DELAY SELAM December 6, 2013

    RIP Madiba

  • ahmed saleh December 6, 2013

    Nelson Mandella a champion of humanity , equality and justice inspired the world to understand
    the rule of law . A rare politician in modern politics to reach for love than hate , reconciliation
    than division in that difficult and complicated situation of apartheid era . He single handedly fought
    hard to overcome the bitterness , hatred to bring his people together to forgive their past and to
    move on for the sake of their country best interest .
    In deed he was the iconic father to many people around the world and his legacy will always be celebrated .

  • Kalighe December 6, 2013

    May his soul rest in peace. When Mandela came out prison, South Africa was devastated by a long bloody conflict, even blacks were killing blacks, and the whites were terribly afraid of revenge killings. He helped all South Africans, to reconcile and work together for a better future for all. Eritreans, as a rainbow nation blessed with a colorful diversity, we should learn from him and remain committed to his legacy.

    • Suleiman Salim December 6, 2013

      You and your likes ( snakes) wanted to steal the fruits of our independence in the name of ” rainbow “, ” reconciliation ” and ” diversity “. The truth is that traitors,criminals and Woyane dogs do not know the meaning of those words.

      • Kalighe December 6, 2013

        Suleiman, RIP

        • ahmed saleh December 6, 2013

          Yes in deed Rest in peace brother Suleiman . You are a valueless living dead person , YEMHARKA.

          • Suleiman Salim December 10, 2013

            RIP to you too Mr civilized Eritrean.

        • Suleiman Salim December 10, 2013

          Kalighe,RIP!

  • Zeray December 6, 2013

    Humanity lost a hero, a gentleman, an example for forgiveness, peace and reconciliation and the father for all. It will be a long time before a man like Mandela will be walking here on earth.

    World leaders can learn a lot from his legacy. Let’s hope Eritrea gets blessed with a sensible leader soon.

    • Suleiman Salim December 6, 2013

      Don’t be stupid. We have already got a sensible leader who led us to independence.

      • menseai December 11, 2013

        Who gave 5 stars for this hgdef dog ageb!!!

  • monicasalguero December 6, 2013

    Nay zehalefe Seltan wey halafnet Aygdsenan Eyú. Nezmexeh Eti bekuh mhur humaty zelewo Seb Kem nmerex nefelet Hina. Gn ab kenhna ab marenet Hebret Demograsi zehamen mengisti kúlú zehalefe kusletat kehawi Eyú.

    kedmi seltanen halefneten Mdlay Eti kenxektelu zelóna, Hiwet Me-ekab Eyú.

    TOLO NBEL NESAIYAS AYNDEKYECAN NBELO.

    Kab ti lebam wedi Africa MANDELA nemhar Kulna.

    Kemey Bzuh bahri nay Isayas bahri, Neti

  • Thomas December 6, 2013

    RIP to our father Nelson Mandela is not just a loss for South Africa. It is a loss for people all over the world who are fighting for justice and especially for Eritrean prisoners.

  • menseai December 11, 2013

    RIP MADIBA,YOUR WAY OF LIFE IS AND WILL BE AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL THOSE PEOPLE OF WRIHT HEART.

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