Nelson Mandela – South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid activist, has died at age of 95 after health complications related to a lung infection. He died shortly before 21:00 (local time) and will receive a full state funeral that will likely to take place in Pretoria next Saturday.
With Madiba’s death the world has lost brave and inspiring leader to whom people from around the world are paying a tributes – to his life, family and spirit.
As the South African president Jacob Zuma said: »Our nation has lost its greatest son.«
Mandela’s life was full of ups and downs, but as he said: Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. Here are some milestones of his life:
- Madiba was born in the Eastern Cape in 1918
- In 1943 he joined African National Congress
- In 1962 he was arrested and sentenced to 5 years in prison, in 1964 he was charged with sabotage and sentenced to life – he spent 27 years in prison and served most of the sentence on Robben Island
- In 1990 he was freed from prison
- In 1993 he won a Nobel Peace Prize
- In 1994 he was elected as first black president of South Africa.
At this time we want to make a tribute to this great man on our site as well. Let’s always remember messages of hope, equality and justice and be inspired by his spirit and light that he spread among people.
»It always seems impossible until it’s done.« Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013