Nelson Mandela passes away at 95

Nelson Mandela passes away at 95

Written by Bella Dalima

06 Dec, 2013 | 4:49 am

South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, says South Africa’s president.

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. Mandela’s body will be moved to a mortuary in Pretoria, and the funeral is likely to take place next Saturday.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was one of the world’s most revered statesmen after preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years.

 

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