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Mandela Foundation announces death of Nelson Mandela



by Joseph Earnest  December 5, 2013


Newscast Media JOHANNESBURG—The Nelson Mandela Foundation has announced the death of the international icon who after a long illness has passed away. On its Web site, the message read in part:


It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the passing of our founder, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba. The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa will shortly make further official announcements.

We want to express our sadness at this time. No words can adequately describe this enormous loss to our nation and to the world.

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. (pop-up)

The renowned freedom fighter was jailed for over a quarter of a century by the apartheid government, and after he was released in 1990, he became South Africa's first Black president in 1994.

In 1985, Mandela turned down the government's offer to free him if he renounced armed struggle against apartheid. It wasn't until South African President P.W. Botha had a stroke and was replaced by F.W. de Klerk in 1989 that the stage was set for his release.

His life was a triumph over racial oppression.  The statesman died at age 95 from a recurring lung infection and will receive a state funeral.   Add Comments>>

















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