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Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

MandelaNelson Mandela, one of the most iconic figures of our time, has died. He was 95 years old.

Mandela had not appeared publicly since 2010 when he attended the World Cup final in Johannesburg, the first held on the African continent. He remained a paragon of dignity and humanism, even as he quietly spent his final years in his childhood home in the nation's Eastern Cape Province. 

Born on July 18, 1918, Mandela was eventually expelled from University College of Fort Hare for protesting apartheid, the system that he would ultimately see overthrown. He helped to form the youth league of the National African Congress, pushing for that body to take more radical steps against the white minority South African government. In 1956, he was charged with high treason; following a five-year trial, he was acquited. The ANC's tactics grew more militant over time, a process that he encouraged, and in 1964 he was sentenced to life in prison.

At the trial, he made this statement: "I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

He would spend 27 years in incarceration before finally being set free.

On February 11th, 1990, Mandela walked out of prison to shouts and applause, his fist raised above his head. He was elected President of South Africa in 1994, promising to serve only one term, which he completed in 1999. Mandela's politics stressed forgiveness over vengeance, and as president he famously established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate crimes committed under apartheid. Bishop Desmond Tutu was appointed chair to the Commission, which granted individual amnesty in exchange for testimony about apartheid-era crimes.

After retiring from politics, he continued to work on the global stage, championing human rights and world peace, and taking up the fight against AIDS.

His death was announced by South African President Jacob Zuma on late Thursday, who said of him, "What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves."



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Mr. Nelson Mandela's life is an example of how Jesus paid the ransom with his LIFE that all men and women on earth have a choice to the TREE of Knowledge or the TREE of LIFE (Infinity in the SPIRIT and in the TRUTH). GOD is the final JUDGE of all MEN and WOMEN on EARTH not judges and lawyers. Mr. Nelson Mandela reached the Mountain Top during his years of imprisonment, because HIS SOUL AND SPIRIT were not broken by men and women of South Africa's Segregation of the least of these! Mr. Nelson Mandela I thank you for the LIGHT OF YOUR LIFE as a CHRISTIAN SOLDIER you will soon receive your Heavenly REWARD- YOUR CROWN OF LIFE!!! GOD BLESS!

Lots of speakers yesterday at Madiba's Memorial Service said that we should strive and live according to Madiba's values and teachings. I think the government of South Africa should listen and set the example.


Nelson Mandela's life created a long shadow of HOPE that will be cast among the giants of our time. He never forgot he was but a mere mortal; yet he unquestionably was on a divine path. He can now take his well deserved rest alongside Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King. He was truly an example of what mankind cries out for and what humanity can be.

I was born in 1950 and grew up in South Africa. I recall the ANC, under Mandela's leadership, bombing the Johannesburg Station. My parents sent me to boarding school in Houghton (where Mandela lived as president) and I caught the train to Johannesburg. I can still recall the fear of seeing that bomb damage. South Africa during the early sixties was a place full of fear.

I left South Africa in the early nineteen seventies, briefly returning for business in the early nineties when Mandela was president.

On my return visit, one of my late father's friends, described Mandela as "our wonderful, spiritual leader". This was the same man who, in the nineteen sixties, described the ANC leader, then on trial, as "a b----y terrorist who should be hanged".

Mandela changed things and people, may he rest in peace and may South Africa grow better, and Africa grow stronger.

No words to describe the greatness of this man. As President Obama said, "he does no belong to us anymore, he belongs to history". May he rest in peace.

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