Forever in our hearts

Forever in our hearts (c/afp)

Nelson Mandela, the South African Iroko, breathed his last yesterday December 4, 2013. The 95- year world figure passed away in his home in Johannesburg after battling with an ailing health.

According to the official announcement from President Jacob Zuma, he died shortly before 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT). The resilient Freedom Icon had been receiving intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital.

His journey on earth was a rich one, as the Freedom icon was considered a born leader in his homeland. Born in 1918, Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela was raised in the village of Mvezo in the Transkei in the Eastern Cape. He was one of 13 children from a family with close links to the royal house of the Thembu people.

Remembered for his freedom fight, the winner of the Nobel Peace laureate in 1993 preached reconciliation despite a 27-year prison term he bore for the vision he had for the South African people.

BBC correspondents say Mr. Mandela’s body will be moved to a mortuary in the capital, Pretoria, and the funeral is likely to take place next Sunday, December 15 after official mourning that is expected to last 10 days. President Zuma mentioned that Madiba would receive a state burial, and flags flown at half-mast until after the funeral, in remembrance of the great African democrat.

Barely five months since he blew his 95th candle, life was blown out of him yesterday. The “greatest son our nation has had” as president Zuma put it, would be remembered through onward generations, as South Africa, Cameroon, Africa and the World at large bid




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