Nelson Mandela Dies at 95

South African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela Died At 95

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Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s peacemaker, dies at 95
By AP with KPCC | December 5th, 2013, 5:59pm

South African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela on March 15, 1994 in Mmabatho gives a clenched fist to supporters upon his arrival for his first election rally for April 27 general elections.

Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness. South Africa’s first black president spent nearly one-third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, the system of white racist rule that he described as evil, yet he sought to win over its defeated guardians in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the world. Continue reading

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Zuma Announcing Death of Mandela

Nelson Mandela ImageNelson Mandela, South Africa’s Anti-apartheid Icon, is Dead
By Atlanta Black Star, December 5, 2013

South African President Jacob Zuma has announced that Nelson Mandela’s is dead. Here is what he said:

Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. He passed on peacefully in the capital ….

Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. But though we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of the profound and enduring loss. Continue reading

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

BROTHA WOLF

(Reuters) – Former South African President Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, President Jacob Zuma said.

Mandela, the country’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon, emerged from 27 years in apartheid prisons to help guide South Africa through bloodshed and turmoil to democracy.

“Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rohlihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,” Zuma said in a nationally televised address.

“Our people have lost a father. Although we knew this day was going to come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, passion and humanity, earned him their love,” he added.

Mandela would receive a full state funeral, Zuma said, ordering flags to be flown at half mast.

Mandela rose from rural obscurity to challenge the…

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