The Final Fight of Nelson Mandela’s Life
“Hold on, old man,” was one of the lines in the Zulu poem, according to the South African Press Association. In recent days, international leaders, celebrities, athletes and others have praised Mandela, not just as the man who steered South Africa through its tense transition from white racist rule to democracy two decades ago, but as a universal symbol of sacrifice and reconciliation. In South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, where Mandela grew up, a traditional leader said the time was near for Mandela, who is also known by his clan name, Madiba. “I am of the view that if Madiba is no longer enjoying life, and is on life support systems, and is not appreciating what is happening around him, I think the good Lord should take the decision to put him out of his suffering,” said the tribal chief, Phathekile Holomisa. “I did speak to two of his family members, and of course, they are in a lot of pain, and wish that a miracle might happen, that he recovers again, and he becomes his old self again,” he said. “But at the same time they are aware there is a limit what miracles you can have.” For many South Africans, Mandela’s decline is a far more personal matter, echoing the protracted and emotionally draining process of losing one of their own elderly relatives. One nugget of wisdom about the arc of life and death came from Matthew Rusznyah, a 9-year-old boy who stopped outside Mandela’s home in the Johannesburg neighborhood of Houghton to show his appreciation. “We came because we care about Mandela being sick, and we wish we could put a stop to it, like snap our fingers,” he said. “But we can’t. It’s how life works.” His mother, Lee Rusznyah, said Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison under apartheid before becoming South Africa’s first black president in all-race elections in 1994, had made the world a better place.
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Nelson Mandela Mourners Outside Home Celebrate His Life
Walter Dhladhla/AFP/Getty Images Nelson Mandela’s Life, Family, Imprisonment in Photos “For him to actually stand up and admit that there was something in his family, something in his own son, was important because it normalized HIV,” Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, told ABC News’ “20/20.” Infographic: The Life of Nelson Mandela As president of South Africa, Mandela remained mostly silent on the matter of AIDS.
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Mandela’s body was moved early this morning from Johannesburg to Pretoria’s One Military Hospital. Mandela’s coffin was draped in South Africa’s flag. The black SUV-type vehicle containing Mandela’s coffin was escorted by the military. There will now be 10 days of national mourning throughout the country. A memorial service will be held Dec. 10 at a stadium in Johannesburg. His body will lie in state in Pretoria from Dec.
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Nelson Mandela on life support, court documents show
Powered by Newslook Newslook Jason Straziuso, Associated Press 2:56 p.m. EDT July 4, 2013 The emotional pain and practical demands facing Nelson Mandela’s family are universal: confronting the final days of an elderly loved one. (Photo: Schalk van Zuydam, AP) Story Highlights Court ordered the return of the remains two years after a Mandela grandson moved them Son says Mandela would be “highly disappointed” by the family’s squabbling Court affidavit obtained by the media says Mandela is on life support SHARE 1098 CONNECT 130 TWEET 50 COMMENTEMAILMORE JOHANNESBURG (AP) Nelson Mandela