Mandela passed away at his home in Johannesburg, South African President Jacob Zuma announced Thursday live on public television.
“He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.”
A symbol of peace and reconciliation to the world, Nelson Mandela was the initiator of South African multiracial democracy.
His efforts obtained the right to vote for the first time for the black majority in 1994 and the end of suffering during the racist apartheid regime.
He will long be remembered for the rugby World Cup triumph in 1995 when he tried to reconcile the people, by encouraging black South Africans to support the national rugby team.
Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize after helping restore dignity and hope to the victims of apartheid.
He spent eighteen of his twenty-seven years of detention on the island prison of Robben Island, off Cape Town, for opposing the racist apartheid regime.
Nelson Mandela, who turned 95 on July 18, had been hospitalized four times since December, each time for recurrent lung infections.
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