IPSC: Anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela died
Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. The first black president of South Africa and anti-apartheid activist has died on 5th December 2013.
Mandela led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Mandela was “a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration”.
“Many around the world were greatly influenced by his selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom. He touched our lives in deeply personal ways.”
US President Barack Obama said Mr Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man.
“He no longer belongs to us – he belongs to the ages,” he said, adding that Mr Mandela “took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice”.
1918 Born in the Eastern Cape
1943 Joined African National Congress
1956 Charged with high treason, but charges dropped after a four-year trial
1962 Arrested, convicted of incitement and leaving country without a passport, sentenced to five years in prison
1964 Charged with sabotage, sentenced to life
1990 Freed from prison
1993 Wins Nobel Peace Prize
1994 Elected first black president
1999 Steps down as leader
2001 Diagnosed with prostate cancer
2004 Retires from public life
5 December 2013 died in Johannesburg at age 95.