After holding on for several months, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against racial oppression, died on Thursday, the government announced
Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie, walking hand in hand, raise clenched fists upon his release from Victor prison, Cape Town, Sunday, February 11, 1990.
Mr Mandela, 95, led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison.
He had been receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection after three months in hospital.
In a statement on South African national TV, the South African president, Jacob Zuma said Mr Mandela had “departed” and was at peace.
“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” Mr Zuma said.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was one of the world’s most revered statesmen after preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years.
He had rarely been seen in public since officially retiring in 2004.
“Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell.”
It was reported the media all over the world that earlier today outside Mr Mandela’s home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton, there appeared to have been an unusually large family gathering.
Among those attending was family elder Bantu Holomisa,
Since he was released from hospital, the South African presidency repeatedly described Mr Mandela’s condition as critical but stable.
South Africa will never be the same again without this great man surely.
Mandela is survived by his wife, Graça Machel, six children, and 17 grandchildren.
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