Nelson Mandela dies at 95

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South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday that revered former South African President Nelson Mandela has died. He was 95.

“This is the moment of our deepest sorrow. Our nation has lost its greatest son, yet what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human,” said Zuma in an address on CNN.

“We saw in him what we seek in ourselves and in him we saw so much of ourselves. Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell,” he added.

Mandela emerged from 27 years of imprisonment on Feb. 11, 1990, to eventually lead that country out of decades of apartheid-scarred existence and has been celebrated as an icon worldwide for racial equality.

Zuma explained that Mandela will be accorded a state funeral and noted that he had ordered all flags in South Africa to be flown at half-mast from Dec. 6 until Mandela is officially laid to rest.

According to CNN, Mandela had battled several bouts of illness associated with his advancing age and had returned to his boyhood home in Eastern Cape Province where he explained that he was most at peace.
Reactions to his death have been pouring in from around the world since Zuma’s announcement.

“It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the passing of our founder, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation noted in a statement posted on its website.

“We want to express our sadness at this time. No words can adequately describe this enormous loss to our nation and to the world,” the statement continued. “We give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We salute our friend, colleague and comrade and thank him for his sacrifices for our freedom. The three charitable organisations that he created dedicate ourselves to continue promoting his extraordinary legacy.”

–Leonard Brair

5 thoughts on “Nelson Mandela dies at 95

  1. yes brothers and sisters! it is over with all the living in vain. Mandela has shown the way, the race is still with us, that we shall not be afraid of any thing. ALMIGHTY GOD is before us. Prov 3:5,6. as he (GOD) is living, Mandela is also living with us in his deeds. Psalms 27:5,6. we are the winners, in JESUS’ NAME…………..AMEN.

  2. Oooh!!
    What a sad!!!
    Oo, Lord, comfort us as Africans!
    We loved Mandela and we’ll ALWAYS remember Mandela!
    With a great anguish, we thank you Lord, b’se YOU allowed this to happen!
    We beseech YOU to prepare us for our day(s). B’se, YOU said, “in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” – Gen. 3:19.
    “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” – Ecclesiastes 12 :13-14.
    Tuombeni tuwe upande wa Mungu wapendwa!!

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