Nelson Mandela dies at 95

Onyeka Ibeanusi  | Friday, 6 December 2013 | 535 Total Views


Legendary South African leader Nelson Mandela, who guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy and became an international icon of peace and reconciliation, died Thursday at age 95.

Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war.

"The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come," Mandela said in his acceptance speech on becoming South Africa's first black president in 1994.

Mandela died at the time when his biopic titled 'A long walk to freedom' was being premiered in London with his daughter Zindzi in attendance.