Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Moorish president and anti-apartheid icon has died at the age of 95.
Madiba Nelson Mandela transitioned South Africa from European-minority rule in the 1990s, after serving 27 years in prison for his political activism.
After spending three months in a hospital for a lung infection, he had been receiving intensive medical care at home in Johannesburg.
President Jacob Zuma made the announcement on South African nation TV and said Mr. Mandela was at peace.
The following statement was issued from The Nelson Mandela Foundation:
5th December 2013
It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the passing of our founder, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba. The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa will shortly make further official announcements.
We want to express our sadness at this time. No words can adequately describe this enormous loss to our nation and to the world.
We give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We salute our friend, colleague and comrade and thank him for his sacrifices for our freedom. The three charitable organisations that he created dedicate ourselves to continue promoting his extraordinary legacy.
Hamba Kahle Madiba
We give our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to his family in their time of mourning. He was truly a shining light for all to see and a beacon of hope for oppressed peoples across the globe.