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Nelson Mandela: Gone But Not Forgotten

Fighting back tears, we tried to understand why he had to die. Some people should live forever and we all would agree that Mandela should be one of those.  As one of the world's top humanitarian he has changed the lives of uncountable number of people. His death has truly touched the world at large and the Africans in general.

The south African's apartheid's icon has suffered a series of lungs infections in the last two years. Although his death came as a surprise to many, it was received with silent prayers for journey mercies and a perfect rest.

 South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma announced his death earlier this evening over national TV by saying 

"Our nation has lost its greatest son. '' he continued, "Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who more than any other came to embody their sense of a common nation. Our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embraced Madiba as their own and who saw his cause as their cause.'' President Zuma continues "This is the moment of our deepest sorrow. Our nation has lost his greatest son. Yet what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human - we saw in him what we seek in ourselves and in him we saw so much of ourselves. 

He died in the presence of his wife Graca Machel, his three children, 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and some other friends and family. 

One of  Madela's wish, was to be buried in his home village of Qunu, in the rural Eastern Cape on a hillside which forms part of his estate, overlooking the verdant valley where he once tended his family's livestock and played with other boys. We wish him a perfect rest.

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