Nelson Mandela R.I.P.

Nelson Mandela, Südafrikas erster schwarzer Präsident und Friedensnobelpreisträger, der 27 Jahre als politischer Gefangener für seinen Kampf gegen die Rassentrennung im Knast auf Robben Island saß, ist heute im Alter von 95 Jahren gestorben. „I am the captain of my soul.“ Goodbye, Captain.

It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the passing of our founder, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba. The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa will shortly make further official announcements.

We want to express our sadness at this time. No words can adequately describe this enormous loss to our nation and to the world.

We give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We salute our friend, colleague and comrade and thank him for his sacrifices for our freedom. The three charitable organisations that he created dedicate ourselves to continue promoting his extraordinary legacy.

Hamba Kahle Madiba

Message from The Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and The Mandela Rhodes Foundation

BBC: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies in Johannesburg

25 Years ago:
Tracy Chapman - Talkin 'bout a Revolution, Live 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert

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[update] Wunderbarer Nachruf von… The Onion: Nelson Mandela Becomes First Politician To Be Missed:

“Today we lost not only an international hero and a symbol of the resilient human spirit, but also the very first political figure ever who people actively wish was still alive and affecting world affairs,” said political historian Wallace M. Delaney of Columbia University, adding that Mandela will long be remembered for enduring 27 years in prison in the fight against apartheid, championing equality across the globe, and standing alone as the only world leader whose passing left the international community grief-stricken and feeling a palpable void in their lives.

New York Times: Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95