Johannesburg 06th December 2013: Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela, who fought to end apartheid, has died on Thursday at the age of 95 at his Johannesburg home surrounded by his family.
Mr Mandela, South Africa’s first elected black president and a global anti-apartheid hero was discharged from hospital in September and had been receiving intensive care at home. He had a long history of lung problems after contracting tuberculosis while in jail.
He passed away peacefully at 20:50 (local time) on December 5. “He is now resting. He is now at peace…Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” said President Jacob Zuma. Mr Zuma added: “what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves. ”Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell.” ”Wherever we are in the country, wherever we are in the world … let us reaffirm his vision of a society in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another,” he said.
After 27 years in prison for his political activities, Nelson Mandela led South Africa out of decades of apartheid, the legalized racial segregation enforced by the South African government until 1994. Mandela’s opposition of white minority rule and long imprisonment for fighting against segregation focused the world’s attention on apartheid. He became the South African conscience as it healed from the scars of apartheid.