Agadir - Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon and first black president has passed away. He was 95.
Agadir – Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon and first black president has passed away. He was 95.
“We’ve lost our greatest son”, said President Jacob Zuma in announcing Mandela’s death.
The first president of post-apartheid South Africa gave 27 years of his life to fight against racism and dismantle his country’s brutal apartheid system.
Mandela was suffering from a chronic lung infection and had been repeatedly hospitalized before returning home to receive continued medical care and listed in “serious but stable condition.”
The iconic African leader who inspired millions throughout the world was born in 1918 in a remote tribal area in South Africa. He was imprisoned for nearly three decades fighting for racial equality. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending the apartheid regime without bloodshed.
Jacob Zuma announced in a televised speech that Rolihlahla, Mandela’s tribal name meant “troublemaker”, has died peacefully in his house.
In 1964, Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government led by the whites. He spent the 27 years behind bars in the infamous Robben Island prison, much of it at hard labor in a lime quarry.
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