Today, people all around the world mourn for the loss of the great South African activist, former President, Nobel Prize Winner and truly special man that was Nelson Madela, who died today aged 95. The news was broken across the world by South African President Jacob Zuma this evening. Best known for his work to abolish apartheid in South Africa, Mandela was respected by all and loved by many.
His work caused him to be unfairly imprisoned in Robben Island, Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison for 27 years, until an international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted to him in 1990. When he returned, he wasted no time in heading into negotiations with the South African President at the time, F.W. de Klerk, to abolish apartheid and to introduce multiracial elections. This gained them the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize and led to the election of his party, African National Congress, in 1994, making him the President of South Africa.
He continued, throughout his life to campaign for the rights of his country and his people, even after the end of his term in 1999. Not only that, he remained a strong advocator for the preservation of human rights, for the duration of his life.
In 2001, Mandela was diagnosed with prostate cancer and has had ongoing lung issues since he contracted tuberculosis during his time in prison. The cause of his death has not yet been disclosed.
What can be said to summarise his life and work? And so, we leave you with this quote from Jacob Zuma in his televised address this evening: “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. “What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”


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