The South African president today announced that former president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has passed away at age 95, after a long battle with lung illness.
Born in 1918, Mandela would go on to lead a remarkable life, emerging from a 27 year stint in prison to become integral to the end of white minority rule in South Africa. Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, and was then elected as President in 1994 – a role which he served in for 5 years before stepping down in 1999. He retired from public life in 2004.
In a televised statement, President Zuma summed up the life of the great man perfectly, stating that “What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”
Mandela is survived by wife Grace Machel; and daughters Makaziwe, Zindzi and Zenani.