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Friday, 6 December 2013
Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon, dies at 95..................120413
African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela died aged 95 at his
Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, plunging
his nation and the world into mourning for a man hailed by global
leaders as a moral giant.
Although Mandela had been frail and
ailing for nearly a year, Zuma's announcement late on Thursday of the
death of the former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate shook South
Tributes began flooding in almost immediately for a
man who was an iconic global symbol of struggle against injustice and of
US President Barack Obama said the
world had lost "one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly
good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth".
PM Manmohan Singh said, "A giant among men has passed away. This is as
much India's loss as South Africa's. He was a true Gandhian. His life
and work will remain a source of eternal inspiration for generations to
come. I join all those who are praying for his soul."
British Prime Minister David Cameron called Mandela "a hero of our time" and said "a great light has gone out in the world".
Ordinary South Africans were in shock. "It feels like it's my father
who has died. He was such a good man, who had good values the nation
could look up to. He was a role model unlike our leaders of today," said
Annah Khokhozela, 37, a nanny, speaking in Johannesburg
somber Zuma made a national broadcast to announce the death of South
Africa's first black president, who emerged from 27 years in apartheid
prisons to help guide Africa's biggest economy through bloodshed and
turmoil to democracy.
"Fellow South Africans, our beloved
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic
nation, has departed," Zuma said in the 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.
"Giant for justice"
Mandela would receive a full state funeral, Zuma said, ordering flags to be flown at half mast.
The UN Security Council was in session when the ambassadors received
the news of Mandela's death. They stopped their meeting and stood for a
"Nelson Mandela was a giant for justice and a
down-to-earth human inspiration," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told
reporters. "Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world and
within each one of us if we believe, dream and work together for justice
Obama, the first black American president,
described Mandela as an inspiration: "Like so many around the globe, I
cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela
set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him," he
said in a televised address at the White House shortly after the
announcement of Mandela's death.
"A free South Africa at peace with itself - that's an example to the world, and that's Madiba's legacy to the nation he loved.
Mandela rose from rural obscurity to challenge the might of white
minority apartheid government - a struggle that gave the 20th century
one of its most respected and loved figures.
He was among the
first to advocate armed resistance to apartheid in 1960, but was quick
to preach reconciliation and forgiveness when the country's white
minority began easing its grip on power 30 years later.
He was elected president in landmark all-race elections in 1994 and retired in 1999.
World's most famous political prisoner
South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) party said the country and the world had lost "a colossus".
"His life gives us the courage to push forward for development and
progress towards ending hunger and poverty," it said in a statement.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, an honor he shared with
FW de Klerk, the white Afrikaner leader who released from jail arguably
the world's most famous political prisoner.
Mandela faced the monumental task of forging a new nation from the deep
racial injustices left over from the apartheid era, making
reconciliation the theme of his time in office.
The hallmark of
Mandela's mission was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which
probed apartheid crimes on both sides of the struggle and tried to heal
the country's wounds. It also provided a model for other countries torn
by civil strife.
In 1999, Mandela handed over power to younger
leaders better equipped to manage a modern economy - a rare voluntary
departure from power cited as an example to African leaders.
retirement, he shifted his energies to battling South Africa's AIDS
crisis, a struggle that became personal when he lost his only surviving
son to the disease in 2005.
Mandela's last major appearance on
the global stage came in 2010 when he attended the championship match of
the soccer World Cup, where he received a thunderous ovation from the
90,000 at the stadium in Soweto, the neighborhood in which he cut his
teeth as a resistance leader.
Charged with capital offences in the infamous 1963 Rivonia Trial, his statement from the dock was his political testimony.
"During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the
African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have
fought against black domination."