Our nation has lost its greatest son – President Jacob Zuma announces Mandela’s death

Our nation has lost its greatest son – President Jacob Zuma announces Mandela’s death

Written by Staff Writer

06 Dec, 2013 | 8:19 am

The announcement of Mandela’s death was made by President Jacob Zuma.

 South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95.

 He had been receiving intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital.

 Announcing the news on South African national TV, President Jacob Zuma said  Mandela was at peace.

[quote]Our nation has lost its greatest son.[/quote]

 “Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.”

 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. He made his last public appearance in 2010, at the football World Cup in South Africa.

 BBC correspondents say  Mandela’s body will be moved to a mortuary in the capital, Pretoria, and the funeral is likely to take place next Saturday.  Tributes have come in from around the world. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was “a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration”.

 US President Barack Obama said Mr Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man.

[quote]He no longer belongs to us – he belongs to the ages.He took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.[/quote]


Obama, the first black president of the United States, said he was one of the millions who drew inspiration from Mr Mandela’s life.

 UK Prime Minister David Cameron also paid his tribute.

David Cameron

[quote] A great light has gone out in the world.[/quote]

Earlier this year,  Mandela spent nearly three months in hospital with a recurring lung infection.

 He was moved to his home in the Houghton suburb of Johannesburg in September, where he continued to receive intensive care.


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