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FRIDAY 06.12.2013


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TEARS fell across the world last night as it was confirmed that South Africa’s “greatest son” Nelson Mandela had died aged 95.

The former President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate passed away peacefully at his home in Johannesburg surrounded by his family at 8.50pm local time. South Africa had dreaded this moment for decades, and the country was brought to a standstill by the news that “Madiba” – Mandela’s clan name – had finally lost his battle against a recurring lung infection. The country’s president Jacob Zuma announced the devastating news in a television address. A sombre Mr Zuma said: “Fellow South Africans. Our beloved Nelson Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed. “He passed on peacefully. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.



“His tireless struggle for freedom, earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him their love. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family. To them we owe a debt of gratitude. They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free. “Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who more than any other came to embody their sense of a common nationhood. “Our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embraced Madiba as their own and who saw his cause as their cause. “Yet what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human – we saw in him what we seek in ourselves. And in him we saw so much of ourselves. “Our beloved Madiba will be accorded a state funeral I’ve ordered that all flags of the Republic of South Africa be lowered to half-mast from tomorrow cratically elected president will be and to remain at half mast until after remembered as a global icon. Mandela the funeral. ended years of apartheid and brought “Let us recall the values for which peace and equality to South Africa. Madiba fought. Let us reaffirm his vision After generations where people in of a society in which none South Africa were discrimis exploited, oppressed or inat ed against and dispossessed by another. oppressed under apart“We will always love Our nation heid because of the colour you, Madiba. May your their skin, Mandela has lost its ofachieved soul rest in peace. God the impossible. bless Africa.” Not only did he liberate greatest The news of his death his country but he refused son. We has caused an unpreceto seek revenge for the dented international years of oppression. have lost a longEven outpouring of grief from more remarkably, the streets of Soweto to father Mandela led South Africa presidential palaces. after spending 27 years in JACOB ZUMA ON THE South Africa’s liberajail, much of it sentenced DEATH ON MANDELA tion hero and first demoto hard labour on remote

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anti-apartheid hero praise for man who who dies aged 95 healed divided land Robben Island. The world’s most famous political prisoner was freed in 1990 and served as South Africa’s President from 1994 to 1999. Both his ex-wife, Winnie Mandela and Graca Machel, who he married on his 80th birthday, were thought to have been by his side last night, along with his children. The years on Robben Island took a great personal toll on Mandela, and he had suffered from a series of lung problems in recent years. He was most recently admitted to hospital in June. While Mandela was living his last days at home, his large complicated family have been consumed by disputes over his burial and legacy. It has been an acrimonious and highly public feud. During three marriages, twice-

divorced Mandela had six children, 17 grandchildren and 12 surviving greatgrandchildren. But he outlived three of his children, all of them buried in his ancestral home of Qunu in a remote, rural corner of the Eastern Cape.

HERITAGE Two years ago, Mandela’s grandson Mandla secretly moved their bodies to the village of Mvezo, several miles away – allegedly to ensure that his grandfather would also be buried there. Mandla had plans for a heritage centre at the site – that would bring the Mandela faithful flocking for generations. The remains are of Makgatho Mandela, Mandela’s son and Mandla’s father – who died from Aids-related illness in 2005 – and his siblings, Them-

bekile, who was killed in a car accident in 1969, and Makaziwe, his first daughter who died when she was nine months old. Following a legal battle this year, the court ruled that the bodies should be exhumed and returned to Qunu, where Mandela has expressly said that he wants to be buried alongside his children. The children’s remains were reburied last week at their original site following forensic tests to determine their identities and a solemn ceremony that family members and elders of Mandela’s clan attended. In a separate dispute over Mr Mandela’s legacy, his daughters Makaziwe and Zenani have gone to court in a bid to oust three of his aides from Mr Mandela’s companies. The two want control