Thursday, 5 December 2013

Nelson Mandela Is Dead

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the father of the
nation, died on December 5 2013 at the age of
95.
President Jacob Zuma made the announcement
from the Union Buildings in Pretoria on
Thursday night. He said Mandela passed away
at 20:50 in his Houghton home surrounded by
his wife, Graça Machel and members of his
family.
Zuma said Mandela would have a state funeral
and that the flags would fly half-mast from
December 6 until after the funeral.
Zuma called on South Africans to "recall the
values for which Madiba fought".
Long illness
Mandela was hospitalised on June 8 with a
recurring lung infection. Initial reports from
the Presidency suggested Mandela was stable,
although his condition was serious. But on June
23, the Presidency announced that Mandela's
condition had deteriorated and he was critical.

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