‘Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.’
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of the first Black President of South Africa. As at the moment tributes keeps pouring out for all four corners of the globe. The sad event happened yesterday . He had been receiving intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital. Earlier on, his daughter said “ My father looks like even on his death bed he was fighting for his life.
Announcing the news on South African national TV, President Jacob Zuma said Mr Mandela was at peace.
“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” Mr Zuma said.
“Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.”
Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela – who is known affectionately by his clan name, Madiba – had died shortly before 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT). He said he would receive a full state funeral, and flags would be flown at half-mast.
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. He made his last public appearance in 2010, at the football World Cup in South Africa.
His fellow campaigner against apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, said he was “not only an amazing gift to humankind, he made South Africans and Africans feel good about being who we are. He made us walk tall. God be praised.”
Family members Mandiba will be led to rest in his native home.
Tributes has been pouring out for the freedom fighter especially from some key figures from around the world
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was “a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration”.
“Many around the world were greatly influenced by his selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom. He touched our lives in deeply personal ways.”
US President Barack Obama said Mr Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man.
“He no longer belongs to us – he belongs to the ages,” he said, adding that Mr Mandela “took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice”.
Mr Obama, the first black president of the United States, said he was one of the millions who drew inspiration from Mr Mandela’s life. He has ordered that the White House flag be flown at half-mast.
FW de Klerk, who as South Africa’s last white president ordered Mr Mandela’s release, called him a “unifier” and said he had “a remarkable lack of bitterness”.
The Elders – a group of global leaders set up by Mr Mandela to pursue peace and human rights – said they “join millions of people around the world who were inspired by his courage and touched by his compassion”.
The group’s chair, Kofi Annan, said the world had lost “a clear moral compass”.
“While I mourn the loss of one of Africa’s most distinguished leaders, Madiba’s legacy beckons us to follow his example to strive for human rights, reconciliation and justice for all.”
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said “a great light has gone out in the world”.
Earlier this year, Mr Mandela spent nearly three months in hospital with a recurring lung infection.
Hours after the sad event, some youth took the street dancing and some marched to his home in a solemn mood. Some natives explained that they were celebrating a great man and said that though Mandela who served as a symbol of justice, freedom and also the Patriarch in South Africa was dead, He would forever be in their hearts playing this very roles.
She asked me what was my name and I said “Rolihlahla”. Miss Mutebe asked again “ What is your other name”. I said I have none.She said you mean you do not have a Christian name. I said yes. And then she said” from now on you are Nelson.’
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. Initially he campaigned peacefully but in the 1960s the ANC began to advocate violence, and Mr Mandela was made the commander of its armed wing.
He was arrested for sabotage and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964, serving most of his sentence on Robben Island.
It was forbidden to quote him or publish his photo, but he and other ANC leaders were able to smuggle out messages of guidance to the anti-apartheid movement.
He was released in 1990 as South Africa began to move away from strict racial segregation – a process completed by the first multi-racial elections in 1994.
Mr Mandela, who had been awarded the Nobel Prize in 1993 jointly with Mr de Klerk, was elected South Africa’s first black president. He served a single term, stepping down in 1999.
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.
Our Heart goes out to the family and all friends far and beyond of Mandiba. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, rest thee well in the bossom of your creator.