Nelson Mandela, the former South African President and goddamned inspiration to tens of millions of people around the world has died according to President Jacob Zuma.
Mandela, the country’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon known in South Africa by his clan name of Madiba, emerged from 27 years in apartheid prisons to help guide South Africa through bloodshed and turmoil to democracy.
In a nationally televised address, Zuma said Mandela would have a full state funeral. He ordered flags to be flown at half mast.
“Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rohlihla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,” Zuma said.
“He passed on peacefully in the comfort of his home.”
Mandela rose from rural obscurity to challenge the might of white minority apartheid government – a struggle that gave the 20th century one of its most respected and loved figures. Reuters.