Skip to comments.Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies
Posted on 12/05/2013 2:11:15 PM PST by Red Badger
Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday.
Mandela was 95.
"He is now resting. He is now at peace," Zuma said. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
"What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human," the president said in his late-night address. "We saw in him what we seek in ourselves."
Mandela will have a state funeral. Zuma ordered all flags in the nation to be flown at half-staff from Friday through that funeral.
Mandela, a former president, battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.
With advancing age and bouts of illness, Mandela retreated to a quiet life at his boyhood home in the nation's Eastern Cape Province, where he said he was most at peace.
Despite rare public appearances, he held a special place in the consciousness of the nation and the world.
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a lot of whites still getting genocided in South Africa
When you’re stuck in the box of what mere man to glorify, your options for being sensible get cut off.
From the CNN commenters “If I had a father, he would have looked like Mandela.” - BHO
If he had a father. LOL
You must be kidding. This is photo op that The Usurper cannot afford to pass up. He’ll probably be asked to speak!
He was South Africa's President, not ours.
And he did get along pretty well with the US, all things considered.
It’s a little unseemly that an American President got to the microphone faster for Mandela than he did for his own Lybian Ambassador.
Amb. Stevens was unavailable for comment.
That’s more George Bush being gracious, than Mr. Mandela.
By their fruits ye shall know them.
How many Nelson Mandela schools/streets/community organiz... centers will now be named [in the US] in his honor? Is there an app for that?
Bishop Tutu has been mighty vocal against whites in SA for several years since his retirement. This does not seem to jive with your statement.
I think Bishop Tutu hates everybody, period.
Not all white-haters are united, if that’s what you are trying to get at... they have their own thangs.
Marx, Lenin and Stalin have a new card partner.
Dunno, type "Nelson Mandela" into Google Maps? Anyhow, he's just one sign of modern folly.
Well, they are now in control of their crap place.
So, there’s pride....
I’m very much afraid that South African whites will discover that Mandela was all that kept the lid on wholesale race wars and expropriation. The mines and farms will be first. Zimbabwe here we come.
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