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South Africa’s Nelson Mandela dies at 95

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December 5, 2013 (JOHANNESBURG/JUBA) – Several world leaders and activists have paid tribute to the ex-South African leader Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday night. He was 95.

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Nelson Mandela addresses the 49th session of the General Assembly October 1994 (UN Photo/Evan Schneider)

Mandela, South Africa’s first black president died at home in Johannesburg, ending months of speculation that shrouded his public life and ill health.

“This is the moment of our deepest sorrow”, President Jacob Zuma reportedly told the nation, adding [and], “Our nation has lost its greatest son …”

“What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves".

Meanwhile, Zuma also announced that ex-South African leader would receive a state funeral and ordered that flags fly at half-mast in memory of the country’s fallen hero.

WORLD LEADERS PAY TRIBUTE

The United States president, Barack Obama was among the first world leaders who paid tribute to the fallen South African leader, moments after he was pronounced dead on Thursday night.

"Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa – and moved all of us”, Obama said in a statement.

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon said Mandela was a “giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration”.

“He [Mandela] touched our lives in deeply personal ways. At the same time, no one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations”, Ki Moon said in a statement.

Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world and within each one of us – if we believe, dream and work together for justice and humanity, he added.

The British Prime Minister David Cameron said, "A great light has gone out in the world" and described Mandela as "a hero of our time".

On Thursday, former Nobel laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu led a memorial service in Capetown where he called on South Africa to become as a nation what Mandela had been as a man.

SOUTH SUDANESE ACTIVISTS REACT

Meanwhile, South Sudan Human Rights for Advocacy (SSHURSA) described Mandela as an “icon” of justice, peace and humanity.

“He fought against evils of apartheid in South Africa and remained opposed to all forms of injustices which dehumanise the dignity of human beings”, SSHURSA said in a statement to Sudan Tribune.

“(…) his zeal, courage and thirst for a just, equal, equitable, human rights and rule of law abiding society shall remain a burning candle in the hearts and minds of all those who work for the good of humanity, the universality of human rights and rule of law”, it added.

Edmund Yakani, the executive director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO) said Mandela’s death should be a lesson for African leaders who intend to cling onto power.

"As CEPO, we are deeply saddened by this great loss and condolences to Mandela’s family. African leaders should emulate his good deeds and promote democracy, freedoms of expression and fundamental human rights", Yakani told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

BRIEF FACT-FILE ON MANDELA

Born in 1918, Mandela attended Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand, where he studied law. A renowned activist, Mandela was a founding member of the African National Congress (ANC) party, rapidly rising to fame during his early days.

In 1962, he was arrested, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial.

He was released in 1990 after serving 27 years in prison before he won an election in 1994 to become the first black South African president. He also belonged to The Elders, a respected group of world leaders working to promote peace worldwide.

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  • 6 December 2013 09:03, by Pure Nationalist

    A true African nationalist has gone, but has done his by restoring human dignity and equality between black & white, overcame the modern disease of clinging to power by stepping down in order to save his created party unlike my president Kiir who want to kill his party. Mandela has been light and would remain light through his legacy. RIP and God forgive him any of his sins.

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    • 6 December 2013 13:49, by Naath

      God be with madiba the icon of peace. Tribalist if hopeless kiir die do you think people around the world would say we lost one of the greatest son? Do you think south sudanese people will cry for losing hopeless kiir? I think the best answer will be hell no.i think kiir miss the chance to become one of the best and greatest if he left power during the result of the independent of south.

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      • 6 December 2013 17:34, by chol

        Naath whatever you call yourself you are stupidest person on this earth.We are here to pay respect to Mandela.You need to keep Kiir name out of your dirty mouths.You can’t get lower than that and I personally feel for your parents..What a shames.
        Chol Y

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      • 7 December 2013 10:51, by yong madhal

        the father of the nation has gone Nelson mandela dies,the true african and the icone of peace the whole africa missed you,may the almight God rest his soul in peace

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  • 6 December 2013 09:06, by Tiger

    The world has loss a great person and master of the peace,Mandela was like an icon for his strong advocacy against injustice,freedom and equality,rest in peace Mandel.

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    • 6 December 2013 09:21, by Mayom County Boy

      May God rest his soul in peace to heaven
      Amen 1

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  • 6 December 2013 09:27, by Kalo

    Father of African nations,we were expect 100s Mandela in Africa but all in vain,may his soul rest in Peace Amen.

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    • 6 December 2013 09:58, by Rami Tot

      Mandela we will always remember your role for liberation and your human right and wisdom of your leadership.
      we hope God will give us somebody who will resemble you on your action respect to the humanity.

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      • 6 December 2013 10:29, by Gat Gan Kiir

        We lost the Icon of peace

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  • 6 December 2013 10:26, by Bentiu son

    RIP father of Afican nation and world at large.Hero of heroes Late Mandela will be remember by current n coming generations worldwide n his good legacy will remain forever. His commitment to fight harder for the causes of racial discrimination,tribalism,human right gross violations, injustice,oppression,inequality,lack of good governance, anti democracy n lawlessness will shines over the globe.

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  • 6 December 2013 10:57, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Where is AU, ALL OTHER AFRICAN LEADERS’ STATEMENTS INCLUDING OUR S.SUDAN TO THIS GREAT LOSS TO OUR CONTINENT?CONDELENCES ARE POURING IN ALL AROUND THE GLOBE BUT NOTHING FROM AFRICA. MANDELA WAS AND WILL REMAIN A GREAT SON OF AFRICA & A ROLE MODEL TO THE REST OF THE WORLD.
    MAY GOD BLESS HIM, REST HIS SOUL IN ALMIGHT ETERNITY, REST IN PEACE FOR THOSE WHOSE LOVE PEACE ARE CALLS THE CHILDRENS OF GOD.

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  • 6 December 2013 11:02, by australian

    Come on, everyone, what was so great about him?
    Are you all mad?

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    • 6 December 2013 16:05, by dude

      We will miss you dearly Nelson Mandela. We love you so much may God bless Africa because of you. Thank you Nelson Mandela. Now is God’s Turn to take over Africa and take care of Africans all over the world. God will always watch and look down on Africans. May God be with us all.

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  • 6 December 2013 14:59, by Awei-ngok

    Another Dr.John Garang’s similar type left the world, Oh God! May we have replacement for them in the African Continent?

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  • 6 December 2013 16:51, by Justice

    Although you have passed over baba Mandela, your determination,compassion and your legacy will still remain with us and the generations to come. Please may almight God welcome your soul to his divine goodness.

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