Nelson Mandela dies

Nelson_Mandela-2008_(edit)By Greg Holden

Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, has died. He was 95.

Mandela spent 27 years in prison in South Africa for opposing apartheid before becoming president of the resource rich nation. Minority rule governed South Africa from 1948 to 1994 when Mandela triumphantly took command.

An outpouring of affection is evident this hour in South Africa and on social media.

“The world has lost one of its great moral leaders”, said Canadian PM Stephen Harper.

“Mandela has achieved more than could be expected of any man, he lives for the ages”, said Barak Obama, US President.

“There are few people who have done more to inspire the world than Nelson Mandela, and I am deeply saddened to learn of his death”, said Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Premier.

Mandela is credited with bridging a wide gulf between white and black people in South Africa. Speculation has existed for years that upon his death the country would explode in violence against whites, a theory that is now going to be tested. Mandela would not have any of that. He won the Noble Peace Prize in 1993, he also has won the Order of Canada and was the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen. Mandela spoke of building the first nation that was colour blind.

Known as a saviour, Mandela is revered like no person before him in South Africa. Considered the founding father of democracy, a beacon of hope and a symbol of freedom, his people are overcome with grief. Funeral arrangements have not been made. Flags are flying at half-mast right across South Africa. His birthday is a national holiday. Mandela had been ill for many months as he fought off respiratory infections.

Mandela had 6 children from 3 marriages.

“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” - Nelson Mandela

  • Shelley

    Very well wrote Greg. A huge loss to humanity. May his soul soar.