NELSON MANDELA (South African Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary and Politician, President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999) DEAD AT AGE 95.

Political African Nationalist and Democratic Socialist: Political Prisoner 46664.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was his name.

And if you had to sum of three things about him without even mentioning his name, it would be:

  • A voice of reason
  • A man of forgiveness
  • Peaceful amongst unrest

…and a Prince of Peace he was-even on his quest for having apartheid abolished whereby because of; the anti-apartheid revolutionary became political prisoner 46664 and spent 27 whole years incarcerated until his release in 1990. 

Serving as President of the African National Congress [1991-1997] Nelson Mandela got right out prison and continued his unwavering mission-unafraid and no ways weary and worn by the 27 years he spent being prisoner #46664.

With the then President Fredrick Willem de Klerk, the tenacious leader persisted on ending apartheid-which he eventually accomplished in 1994.

Immediately, the savagely racially separated country of South Africa began to change. 

Multiracial elections took place, with droves of blacks fleeing to polling booths rather than from the violent long history of police brutality.

South Africa became a democracy, in which Mandela felt that even with the abolishment of apartheid; the country should be [an equal] “rainbow nation”  in which the country shall not be looked at as the “skunk” of the world [as long had been].

The political leader was the first black South African to hold office and elected in that very same [newly multiracial] election where under his government, the focus what on completely ridding the country of the skunk of its apartheid legacy, dismantling institutionalized racism, ridding itself of poverty and as well: inequality, in an effort to bring about racial unity and reconciliation altogether.

mandiba In his inauguration speech in 1994 Mandela stated: “We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.”

Alongside his charitable work which included the creation of the “Nelson Mandela Foundation,” the :”Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund,”  and “46664” (which was a charity for the HIV-AIDS initiative and named after his prison number), and internationally was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 through 1999.

Nelson Mandela’s had a somewhat notable “swan song” when he retired from the public by which he joked: “Don’t call me, I’ll call you,” while stepping out of the public spotlight where immediately after; he retreated by spending time with his family-back home where his early roots were.

His birthday, July 18, 2009 was named: “Nelson Mandela Day,” a day for the country to recognize it as a day of worldwide and community service.

In the more recent years since then, the ailing leader’s health slowly began to decline.

Most recently (June 2013) he was admitted to a hospital for a recurrent lung infection but was discharged from the hospital [in Pretoria] on September 2013-where it was said that he was indeed responding to treatment.

But then on Thursday evening, December 5, 2013; activity outside his home in Johannesburg was followed by an official announcement of his death.

The revered, courageous, and gentle leader will certainly not be forgotten-just like, and as was his forgiveness of all and everything-despite all and everything.

He will be missed.

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{SOURCE: Eye Spied at World News/MSNBC via: Tracy Connor and Alastair Jameson}