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    Default Nelson Mandela dies

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    5 December 2013
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    South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies


    South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, South Africa's president says.
    Mr Mandela, 95, led South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison.
    He had been receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection after three months in hospital.
    In a statement on South African national TV, Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela had "departed" and was at peace.


    Video of President Zuma of South Africa announcing the death here:
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    Sad news. RIP.

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    Now he can truly have peace. Poor thing suffered so long. Job well done,Sir.
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    There is a special place in heaven waiting for him. What an amazing human.
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    A long, rich life with many struggles but many victories. RIP.
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    RIP wonderful man.
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    This thread better be at least THREE TIMES LONGER than the Paul Walker thread when all is said and done.

    Great man. Set an example for the world. Led a nation that could have crumbled into post-Apartheid civil war into some semblance of civility, reconciliation and governance. By all accounts, drove responsibly.

    ETA: RIP!
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    May he RIP

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    Rest in peace, Mr. Mandela. You, wise, humble, strong, good, good man. You are and always will be an example to all of us who strive to become better human beings. Thank you.
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    what a great and amazing man he was.

    RIP Nelson Mandela

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    Five Mandela facts:

    Here are just five unexpected and surprising facts about Mandela.


    One Visitor a Year

    Mandela spent nearly 30 years in prison, branded a terrorist and traitor by South Africa's Apartheid government. Much of that time, between 1968 and 1982, was spent on Robben Island where he was made to do forced labor including breaking rocks into gravel. While there he was permitted just one visitor a year, and could either write or receive one letter every six months. Despite those limits on communication, he completed a law degree, organized protests within the prison and helped lead the movement against apartheid.


    What's in a Name?

    At birth, Mandela was given the name Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela. Rolihlahla literally means "pulling the branch of the tree," but colloquially means "troublemaker." In his autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom," Mandela writes that when he started school as a boy, his first teacher Miss Mdingane gave him the English name Nelson, but "why this particular name I have no idea."


    Favorite Food

    What does a man -- deprived fresh food for decades in prison, but now who has a personal chef and has travelled the world dining at palaces and executives mansion -- like to eat? Tripe. That's right, animal intestines. According to granddaughter Ndileka Mandela, the former president's favorite food is tripe. At his most recent birthday party, family members ate "samp [a dish made from corn] and tripe, his favorite food," Ndileka told Sowetan Live.


    More Than Just the Nobel Prize

    In addition to a Nobel Prize, and the top civilian honors from more than a dozen countries, including the U.S., Mandela has an internationally recognized day in his honor. By decree of the United Nations General Assembly, July 18 is "Mandela Day" a celebration of freedom. Mandela has also received more 60 honorary degrees from universities around the world.


    An Inspiring Poem

    Mandela's favorite poem, from which he drew inspiration while in prison was "Invictus," by English poet William Ernest Henley, often reciting it to fellow inmates at Robben Island. The poem is about not giving up in the face of adversity. The 2009 movie starring Morgan Freeman as Mandela takes its name from the poem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat Scorp View Post
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    ^Two of my all time favorite people.
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    RIP. What an amazing man. I hope he knows just how great a man he was.

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    Rest in peace, sir. You've earned it.

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