InformAfrica [Breaking News] – South Africa’s 1st Black president, Nelson Mandela fondly called ‘Madiba‘, have passed on to the next life at the age of 95. He died on the 5th of December 2013. The world mourns Madiba!
In a televised address, South African President Jacob Zuma made an announcement regarding the passing of 95-year-old Nelson Mandela on Thursday evening, saying the country had “lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father”; InformAfrica gathered.
In the televised announcement, Zuma said: “He passed on peacefully, in the company of his family, around 20:50 on the 5th of December, 2013. He is now resting. He is now in peace.”
Zuma also hailed Mandela’s tireless struggle for freedom which earned him the respect of the world.
Nelson Mandela is one of the world’s most revered statesmen and Africanist, who led the struggle to replace the apartheid regime of South Africa with a multi-racial democracy.
After being imprisoned for 27 years, he emerged in 1990 to become the country’s first black president four years later. Though he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, Mandela have been criticized by Afrikan activists for aligning with the whitewashed definition of peace as determined by the European system rather than continuing the fight for equality, justice and freedom of Black people. Notwithstanding, Madiba was a great man.
The Nobel Peace Prize is a symbol of peace created by the West, but the same Western leaders put Mandela on the US terrorist list during his ANC revolution days and even after his post-apartheid reign as South Africa’s first Black president (1994 – 1999). Mandela remained on the FBI terrorist list up until 2008.
South Africa’s apartheid regime designated Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) as a terrorist organization for its battle against the nation’s legalized system of racial segregation that lasted from 1948 to 1994.
In the 1970s and 80’s, the ANC was officially designated a terrorist group by the country’s ruling white minority. Other countries, including the United States, followed suit.
According to several reports, one of Mandela’s greatest problem as president was the housing shortage for the poor, and slum townships which continued to blight major cities.
Nelson Mandela’s Key Dates
- 1918 – Born in the Eastern Cape
- 1943 – Joined African National Congress (ANC)
- 1956 – Charged with high treason, but charges dropped
- 1962 – Arrested, convicted of sabotage, sentenced to five years in prison
- 1964 – Charged again, sentenced to life
- 1970 – The South Africa apartheid regime listed Mandela’s ANC as a terrorist group
- 1980 – US president Ronald Reagan placed Mandela and ANC on US terrorist list
- 1990 – Mandela freed from prison
- 1993 – Wins Nobel Peace Prize from the West
- 1994 – Mandela elected first black president
- 1999 – Mandela steps down as president
- 2001 – Diagnosed with prostate cancer
- 2004 – Retires from public life
- 2005 – Announces his son has died of an HIV/Aids-related illness
- 2007 – Forms ‘The Elders’ group
- 2008 – Nelson Mandela removed from US terrorist list
- 2010 – Appears at closing ceremony of World Cup
- 2013 – Died in Johannesburg, South Africa
Nelson Mandela has fathered six children with three wives, and the beloved former South African president and anti-apartheid leader has 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, according to NelsonMandela.org.
Mandela had four children—two sons and two daughters—with his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase, who he married in October 1944. In 1945, Mase gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy they named Madiba “Thembi” Thembekile, and in 1948, they welcomed the first of two daughters to be named Makaziwe Mandela. Known as “Maki,” she died at nine months of age. In 1950, Nelson Mandela and his wife celebrated the arrival of their second son, Makgatho Mandela, and in 1954, they had their second daughter, named Makaziwe Mandela in honor of their first baby girl.
Only three of Nelson Mandela’s six kids are currently living – Makaziwe is the only surviving child from his first marriage. (Madiba “Thembi” Thembekile died in 1969, while Makgatho lived until 2005.) Nelson Mandela divorced Mase in 1957, and after marrying Winnie Madikizela-Mandela—the first black social worker in Johannesburg, South Africa—in 1958, he became the father of two more daughters: Zenani, or Zeni, born February 1959, and Zindziswa (Zindizi), who arrived in 1960.
Madiba, may your soul continue to rest in peace. The struggle for equality, freedom and justice for all race, continues…..