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World mourns death of Nelson Mandela

Nelson MandelaThousands across the world are paying tribute to the life and work of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He died at the age of 95 in his home in Johannesburg and is said to have been receiving medical care for a lung infection.

His death was announced by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on national TV. “This is the moment of our deepest sorrow. Our nation has lost its greatest son,” said President Zuma. “What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves,” he added.

The news of his death was also announced during a special royal screening of Mandela’s biographical movie ‘Long Walk to Freedom in London’. Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge, and two of Mandela’s daughters were among the distinguished guests. The movie gives an account of Mandela’s childhood, his 27 years of imprisonment due to his political work, and how he went on to be South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

In memory of Mandela’s dream that South Africa would be ‘a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world’, hundreds gathered around his house, as well as, the Nelson Mandela National Museum in Soweto, to dance and sing tribal songs of the anti-apartheid struggle. Mandela was also fondly known by his tribal name ‘Madiba’.

“We in the family recognize that Madiba belongs not only to us but to the entire world. The messages we have received since last night have heartened and overwhelmed us,” says grandson Mandla Mandela in a statement. “The best lesson that he taught all of us was the need for us to be prepared to be of service to our people,” he added.

According to www.foxnews.com his body will be laid to rest at his ancestral village of Qunu. A memorial service is also to be held at the Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium where Mandela made his last public appearance at the 2010 football World Cup.

 

 

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