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Mandela Dies

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  1. CometsWin

    CometsWin Breaker Breaker One Nine

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    RIP Mandela

    Nelson Mandela, revered statesman and anti-apartheid leader, dies at 95


    Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 of complications from a recurring lung infection.

    Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after nearly 30 years for plotting to overthrow South Africa's apartheid government. In 1994, in a historic election, he became the nation's first black leader. Mandela stepped down in 1999 after a single term and retired from political and public life.


    Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918, he was one of the world's most revered statesmen and revolutionaries who led the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

    A qualified lawyer from the University College of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand, Mandela served as the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

    His political career started in 1944 when he joined the African National Congress (ANC) and participated in the resistance against the then government¹s apartheid policy in 1948. In June 1961, the ANC executive approved his idea of using violent tactics and encouraged members who wished to involve themselves in Mandela's campaign. Shortly after, he founded Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC and was named its leader.

    In 1962, he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment. In 1963, Mandela was brought to stand trial along with many fellow members of Umkhonto we Sizwe for conspiring against the government and plotting to overthrow it by the use of violence.

    Jailed for life

    On June 12, 1964, eight of the accused, including Mandela, were sentenced to life imprisonment.

    His statement from the dock at the opening of the defense trial became extremely popular. He closed his statement with: "During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to the struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

    Mandela served 27 years in prison from 1964 to 1982, spending many of those years at Robben Island Prison, off Cape Town. While in jail, his reputation grew and he became widely known across the world as the most significant black leader in South Africa.

    He became a prominent symbol of resistance as the anti-apartheid movement gained momentum in South Africa and across the world. On the island, he and other prisoners were subjected to hard labor in a lime quarry. Racial discrimination was rampant and prisoners were segregated by race with the black prisoners receiving the fewest rations. Mandela has written about how he was allowed one visitor and one letter every six months.

    Free and fair

    In February 1985 President PW Botha offered Mandela his freedom on condition that he unconditionally rejected violence as a political weapon but he rejected the proposal. He made his sentiment known through a letter he released via his daughter.

    "What freedom am I being offered while the organization of the people remains banned? Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts," he wrote. In 1988 Mandela was moved to Victor Verster Prison and would remain there until his release.

    Throughout his imprisonment, pressure mounted on the South African government to release him. The slogan 'Free Nelson Mandela' became the new battle-cry of the anti-apartheid campaigners. Finally, Mandela was released on February 11, 1990 in an event streamed live across the world. After his release, Mandela returned to his life's work, striving to attain the goals he and others had set out almost four decades earlier. In 1991, the first national conference of the ANC was held inside South Africa after the organisation had been banned in 1960.

    President Mandela

    Mandela was elected President of the ANC while his friend Oliver Tambo became the organisation's National Chairperson. Mandela's leadership and his work, as well as his relationship with the then President FW de Klerk, were recognised when they were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. South Africa's first multi-racial elections, held on 27 April 1994, saw the ANC storm in with a majority of 62 per cent of the votes and Mandela was inaugurated in May 1994 as the country's first black President.

    As president from May 1994 until June 1999, Mandela presided over the transition from minority rule and apartheid, winning international respect for his advocacy of national and international reconciliation.

    Honors and personal life

    Mandela has received many national international honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, the Order of Merit from Queen Elizabeth II and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush.

    In July 2004, the city of Johannesburg bestowed its highest honour by granting Mandela the freedom of the city at a ceremony in Orlando, Soweto.

    In 1990, he received the Bharat Ratna Award from the government of India and also received the last ever Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union.

    In 1992, he was awarded the Atatürk Peace Award by Turkey. He refused the award citing human rights violations committed by Turkey at the time, but later accepted the award in 1999. Also in 1992, he received of Nishan-e-Pakistan, the highest civil service award of Pakistan. Mandela's autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom," was published in 1994. He had begun work on it secretly while in prison.

    Mandela and his wives

    Nelson Mandela's love life has seemingly run parallel to his political one — and can be divided up into three key eras. The young activist married his first wife, Evelyn Mase, in 1944. The couple, who had four children, divorced in 1958 — shortly before Mandela became an outlaw with the banning of the ANC.

    Mandela's second marriage — and probably his most famous — largely coincided with the time he spent locked up at the hands of the apartheid regime. In 1958 he walked down the aisle with Winnie Madikizela, who stood by his side and actively campaigned to free him from prison. Winnie became a powerful figure in her own right while Mandela was imprisoned but a series of scandals involving her led to the couple's estrangement in 1992, her dismissal from his cabinet in 1995, and their official divorce in 1996. The couple had two children. Winnie was also later convicted of kidnapping.

    His third marriage, to Graca Machel — the widow of former Mozambique President — came on his 80th birthday as entered his role of world statesman.
  2. SwoLy-D

    SwoLy-D Contributing Member

    Jul 20, 2001
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    Que En Paz Descanse. :(


    I loved that man.

    95 with MANY accomplishes was NOT bad at all. MAD RESPECT for him.
  3. mc mark

    mc mark Contributing Member

    Aug 31, 1999
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    A giant among men.

  4. Andre0087

    Andre0087 Member

    Jan 16, 2012
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    RIP...he's in a better place now.
  5. sugrlndkid

    sugrlndkid Member

    Apr 22, 2012
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    truly remarkable dude...thanks for making this world a better place.
  6. TheresTheDagger

    May 20, 2010
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    I'm glad he's not in pain anymore. R.I.P.
  7. Summer Song Giver

    Sep 14, 2000
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    Paul Walker = one gallion pages
    Mandela = maybe two
  8. blathersby

    blathersby Contributing Member

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  9. Obito

    Obito Contributing Member

    Jan 24, 2009
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    RIP Nelson Mandela. A man who believed in compassion & redemption rather than revenge.
  10. FranchiseBlade

    FranchiseBlade Contributing Member
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    Jan 14, 2002
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    RIP to Mandela.

    He was a hero and example for all. A great man.
  11. dmc89

    dmc89 Member

    Apr 8, 2009
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    One of the leading figures of the 20th century. I recommend everyone read his biography.
  12. rezdawg

    rezdawg Contributing Member

    Feb 15, 2000
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    That's sad to hear, but he's better off...RIP.
  13. westcoastin

    westcoastin Member

    May 23, 2011
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    Nelson Mandela wasn't involved in a fiery car accident which resulted in his being burnt to death. That may have something to do with the high amount interest and discussion in Paul Walker's death. Just maybe.
  14. mtbrays

    mtbrays Contributing Member
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    One of the heroes of the world. RIP to one of the most astute, courageous men to lead the earth.
  15. rocketsjudoka

    rocketsjudoka Contributing Member

    Jul 24, 2007
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    RIP. I posted a thread a few months ago saying he was on his deathbed. I shows how tough he was that he hung on for longer than many thought he could. That was a strength honed by years of struggle both in and outside of prison.

    We've lost one of the greatest men of the last two generations. A man who can both be admired for the struggle to end Apartheid and also for not turning South Africa into a bloodbath or a backward dictatorship like in Zimbabwe and so many post colonial countries.

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  16. ItsMyFault

    ItsMyFault Contributing Member

    Jan 28, 2009
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    RIP. One of the greatest leaders in mankind.
  17. mvpcrossxover

    mvpcrossxover Member

    Aug 13, 2008
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    just wanna post so it could make it to two pages
  18. gifford1967

    gifford1967 Contributing Member
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    Feb 4, 2003
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    The only major political figure of my life time that I consider a true hero. The way he led South Africa out of apartheid with an open heart was a testament to the best in our nature.
  19. rimrocker

    rimrocker Contributing Member

    Dec 22, 1999
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    What a life! Great man, great accomplishments. He is one of the few who can truly say they made the world a better place.
  20. RV6

    RV6 Contributing Member

    Aug 21, 2008
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    RIP, great man.

    The guy was 95. Not much controversy or anything surprising here.

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