World Mourns Mandela

December 6, 2013 9:31 am1 comment by:

NELSON MANDELA

By Joseph Elunya & Agencies

Johannesburg- The world is mourning the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela who died yesterday at the age of 95.

In Johannesburg and Soweto thousands of people have gathered to pay tribute to the anti-apartheid icon.

People paid tribute, dancing and singing in front of Mandela’s former home in Soweto throughout the night.

Flags flew at half mast after President Jacob Zuma announced his death in a late night national TV address.

“Although we knew this day was going to come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss,” remarked President Jacob Zuma in a televised address.

Zuma said South Africa had lost “its greatest son” and called on South Africans to conduct themselves with the “dignity and respect” that Mandela personified.

In the US President Barrack Obama spoke shortly after the news of the death of the anti-apartheid icon.

“We’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth,” Obama said in his eulogy.

Mandela spent 27 years in jail before becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

 

 

 

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