After a long stint of illness, it has been reported that Nelson Mandela died earlier today at his home in Johannesburg. He was 95 years old.
The announcement was made by South African President Jacob Zuma.
Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.
Mandela was truly one of the world’s greatest leaders and an inspiration to us all. He spent twenty-seven years in a South African prison for opposing apartheid and went on to become his country’s first black President. His spirit of resilience was beyond amazing and his legacy will surely live on.
He once said:
I would like to be remembered not as anyone unique or special, but as part of a great team in this country that has struggled for many years, for decades and even centuries. The greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall.
May He Rest In Peace!!