South Africa remembers Nelson Mandela

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Commemorative events mark one year anniversary of former president’s death.

Credit: Festival Karsh Ottawa

Credit: Festival Karsh Ottawa

A series of events are taking place across South Africa this week, as the country remembers former president Nelson Mandela, who died a year ago.

Sirens and vuvuzelas could be heard before a national three-minute silence was held on December 5th, while in Pretoria a memorial service was attended by Mr Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, who said of her late husband:”The body gave in but Madiba’s spirit never, never changed, it was always the same until the end.”

Mr Mandela, known widely by his clan name ‘Madiba’, died in December last year, aged 95. South Africa’s first ever black president had previously been held prisoner for 27 years for fighting against the former white-minority rule apartheid regime.

South Africa’s current president, Jacob Zuma, said the anniversary was a “sad day in our country”.

Condolences were also sent by other world leaders. US president Barack Obama described Mr Mandela as someone “whose struggle and sacrifices inspired us to stand up for our fundamental principles, whose example reminded us of the enduring need for compassion, understanding and reconciliation, and whose vision saw the promise of a better world”.

Find out more in the Africa Research Bulletin

Mandela: Death of an icon
Political, Social and Cultural Series
Volume 50, Issue 12, January 2014

Nelson Mandela: Obituary
Political, Social and Cultural Series
Volume 50, Issue 12, January 2014

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