R.I.P.: Nelson Mandela

Posted: December 9, 2013 in celebrities, music, news
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He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.
– South African President Jacob Zuma.

Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday (5) at home. He was 95. Rest in Peace and thanks to help to build a better world for all of us.

A revolutionary’s life

mandela-11. Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela is born in the tiny village of Mvezo, in the hills of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, the youngest son of a counselor to the chief of the Thembu clan. He was given the name Nelson by a schoolteacher but is also sometimes called Madiba, his traditional clan name. He is pictured in about 1950, six years after he founded the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League with Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu.

mandela-22. Mandela, center, meets with fellow ANC Youth League leaders Walter Sisulu, left, and Harrison Motlana during the “Defiance Campaign” trial at the Supreme Court in Johannesburg in 1952. The campaign encouraged people to defy the apartheid laws, a system of strict racial segregation meant to ensure the continued economic and political dominance of white South Africans. Mandela was given a suspended prison sentence.

mandela-33. Mandela (2nd from right) returns to court in 1956. Alongside 155 other activists Mandela was charged with high treason, but the charges against him were dropped after a four-year trial.

mandela-44. Mandela married his second wife Winnie Madikizela in 1958, and they went on to have two daughters. The marriage ended in divorce in 1996.

mandela-55. Mandela gives a speech to the African Congress in 1961. The ANC had been outlawed the previous year and Mandela went underground, leaving South Africa in 1962 to undergo military training and gather support abroad.

mandela-66. Returning to South Africa, Mandela was captured and sentenced to five years for incitement and illegally leaving the country. In 1964 he was among eight men sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia trial after being convicted of conspiracy and sabotage. In this picture taken in June 1964, the eight men leave the Palace of Justice in Pretoria, their fists raised in defiance through the barred windows of the prison van.

mandela-77. Mandela’s daughter Zinzi, center, and other Cape Town University students stage a demonstration on August 29, 1985 demandting the release of jailed ANC activists.

mandela-88. Winnie Mandela raises her fist in a black power salute on July 17, 1988, as she announces that a massive pop concert will be held to mark the 70th birthday of her jailed husband. As Mandela languished in prison, the international community tightened the sanctions first imposed on South Africa’s apartheid regime in 1967. In 1990, President FW de Klerk lifted the ban on the ANC.

mandela-99. A jubilant Sowetan holds up a newspaper announcing Mandela’s release from prison at a mass rally in Soweto on Feb. 11, 1990.

mandela-1010. After more than 27 years in detention, Mandela walks out of the Victor-Verster Prison in Paarl on Feb. 11, 1990, accompanied by his wife Winnie.

mandela-1111. Two days after his release, Mandela addresses a rally attended by over 100 000 people at Soccer City Stadium in Soweto on Feb. 13, 1990. “The march towards freedom and justice is irreversible,” he told the crowd.

mandela-1212. Mandela and FW de Klerk, right, address the media following breakthrough talks between the ANC and the government at the Groote Schuur Estate in Cape Town on May 5, 1990.

mandela-1313. Mandela acknowledges the applause during a speech to the United Nations in New York on June 22, 1990. Mandela urged the U.N. to maintain sanctions against South Africa until apartheid was abolished.

mandela-1414. Mandela greets supporters on July 22, 1990 as he holds up high the keys of a Mercedes-Benz car that was especially built and gifted to him by workers at a plant in Mdantsana, a black township near East London. The vehicle became known as the Madiba Merc, after Mandela’s clan name.

mandela-1515. Nelson and Winnie Mandela join a group of clergymen and embassy officials on a visit to the Tokoza township on Dec. 12, 1990, in an effort to bring peace to the area where 83 people had lost their lives in clashes between Zulu and Xhosa factions in the previous five days.

mandela-1616. Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway on Dec. 10, 1993. De Klerk would go on to serve as one of Mandela’s deputy presidents.

mandela-1717. Mandela campaigning in Mmabatho on March, 15, 1994 in the lead-up to South Africa’s first democratic and multiracial general election.

mandela-1818. Mandela smiles broadly as he casts his vote in Oshlange, a black township near Durban, in the historic election on April 27, 1994.

mandela-1919. Mandela takes the oath on May 10, 1994, during his inauguration in Pretoria as the country’s first black president. “The time for the healing of the wounds has come,” Mandela said. “The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.”

mandela-2020. Mandela congratulates South Africa’s rugby captain François Pienaar before handing him the William Webb trophy after his team’s victory over New Zealand in the final of the Rugby World Cup at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on June 24, 1995. “It was on that day that he captured the hearts of white South Africa,” said the author John Carlin, who wrote a book, later turned into an Oscar-nominated movie, about the significance of Mandela’s embrace of the largely-white rugby team.

mandela-2121. Mandela and Pope John Paul II listen to national anthems after meeting at Johannesburg International Airport on Sept. 16, 1995, at the start of the pope’s first official visit to South Africa.

mandela-2222. Mandela lays a brick at the Rolihlahla primary school in Ikhutseng, Warrenton, in the Northern Cape Province, on Aug. 31, 1996. Mandela’s government launched a major reconstruction and development programme in an attempt to address South Africa’s socioeconomic problems, but poor housing, crime and unemployment continued to blight the country.

mandela-2323. Mandela shows U.S. President Bill Clinton Cell No. 5 at Robben Island, where Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years, on March 27, 1998. Clinton lauded Mandela for surviving the experience without “having his heart turned into stone.”

mandela-2424. On his 80th birthday, July 18, 1998, Mandela married Graca Machel, the widow of former Mozambican President Samora Machel.

mandela-2525. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right, hands Mandela the five-volume report produced by his Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on Oct. 29, 1998. The report revealed human rights abuse by various political parties during apartheid. Accepting the report, Mandela acknowledged that the wounds of the period of repression and resistance were too deep to have been healed by the TRC alone.

mandela-2626. Mandela retired from public office after serving five years as president. On June 16, 1999 he attended the inauguration of his successor Thabo Mbeki, left, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

mandela-2727. Mandela hugs Babalwa Tembani, 20, who was infected with the HIV virus after being raped by her uncle at the age of 14, on a visit to the Nolungile Clinic in Khayelitsha, Cape Town on Dec. 12, 2002. In 2005 Mandela’s eldest son Makgatho died of an AIDS-related illness. Announcing Makgatho’s death, Mandela said “Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it, because [that is] the only way to make it appear like a normal illness.”

mandela-2828. Mandela holds the World Cup trophy alongside Desmond Tutu on May 15, 2004 in Zurich, Switzerland, after South Africa won the right to host the soccer tournament in 2010. Mandela played a key role in South Africa’s bid for the event, and appeared at the closing ceremony.

mandela-2929. Mandela celebrates his 86th birthday flanked by his wife Graca Machel, left, and ex-wife Winnie Madikizela Mandela, right, in his home town of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on July 18, 2004.

mandela-3030. Then Senator Barack Obama meets with Nelson Mandela in 2005.

mandela-3131. Mandela celebrates his 89th birthday with a group of young people at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in Johannesburg on July 24, 2007. After his retirement from politics Mandela remained involved in social issues through the Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a charity set up in 1999.

mandela-3232. Brian May performs at the 46664 concert in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life, held at Hyde Park in London on June 27, 2008. The event was organized to raise funds for Nelson Mandela’s HIV/AIDS “46664” campaign, named after his prison number. Exactly 46,664 people were expected to attend the event, which also celebrated the former South African president’s 90th birthday on July 18.

mandela-3333. With his wife at his side, Mandela blows out the candles on his 91st birthday in Johannesburg on July 18, 2009.

mandela-3434. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama visits Mandela at his home in Johannesburg on June 21, 2011, accompanied by her mother and daughters.They are pictured reading his newest book, titled “Nelson Mandela by himself.”

mandela-3535. Mandela receives the African Nation Congress centenary torch from ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete at his home in Qunu on May 30, 2012. The original torch was lit during the party’s 100th birthday celebrations earlier in 2012, before a replica was presented to Mandela at his home.

mandela-3636. Schoolchildren read about Mandela’s life at a school in his home village of Qunu ahead of the opening of a container library by the Bill Clinton foundation in celebration of Mandela day on July 17, 2012.

mandela-3737. Nelson Mandela met with a group of American and South African students, aged from 11 to 19, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 2, 2009.

Source: http://nbcnews.com.

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The greatest Mandela’s quotes


1. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

2. “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

3. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

4. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

5. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

6. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

7. “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

8. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

9. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

10. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Mandela Day

“Mandela Day” is a song by the rock band Simple Minds from their album Street Fighting Years. It was written for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute (also known as Mandela Day), a concert held at Wembley Stadium, London, in 11 June 1988, as an expression of solidarity with the then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela, and was played live on that day (alongside cover versions of “Sun City” with Little Steven and a cover version of Peter Gabriel’s “Biko” on which Gabriel himself took on lead vocals).


It was 25 years they take that man away
 Now the freedom moves in closer every day
 Wipe the tears down from your saddened eyes
 They say Mandela’s free so step outside
 Oh oh oh oh Mandela day
 Oh oh oh oh Mandela’s free

It was 25 years ago this very day
 Held behind four walls all through night and day
 Still the children know the story of that man
 And I know what’s going on right through your land

25 years ago
 Na na na na Mandela day
 Oh oh oh Mandela’s free

If the tears are flowing wipe them from your face
 I can feel his heartbeat moving deep inside
 It was 25 years they took that man away
 And now the world come down say Nelson Mandela’s free

Oh oh oh oh Mandela’s free

The rising suns sets Mandela on his way
 Its been 25 years around this very day
 From the one outside to the ones inside we say
 Oh oh oh oh Mandela’s free
 Oh oh oh set Mandela free

Na na na na Mandela day
 Na na na na Mandela’s free

25 years ago
 What’s going on
 And we know what’s going on
 Cos we know what’s going on

Watch Simple Minds & Peter Gabriel “Biko” Live at Wembley for Mandela’s 70th Anniversary:

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