R.I.P Nelson Mandela!
South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 Nelson Mandela has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. He was 95.
“He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.”
“What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human,” the president said in his late-night address. “We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”
Mandela will have a state funeral. The President ordered all flags in the nation to be flown at half-staff from Friday through that funeral.
Mandela, battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.
With advancing age and bouts of illness, Mandela retreated to a quiet life at his boyhood home in the nation’s Eastern Cape Province, where he said he was most at peace. He was later moved to his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton, where he died.
He held a special place in the consciousness of the nation and the world.