'We've lost our greatest son': South Africa mourns death of Nelson Mandela

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela has died at age 95.

ABC News reports South Africa's current president, Jacob Zuma, announced Mandela's death, saying in a statement "We've lost our greatest son."

Mandela was a political prisoner for 27 years during South Africa's racially oppressive apartheid system of government, then became the central figure in dismantling that regime.

As the Mail & Guardian reports, Mandela had been hospitalized repeatedly with lung infections and had not made a public appearance in more than three years.

CNN says after his release from prison Mandela became a moral compass for a nation healing from the scars of apartheid.

National Public Radio reports President Obama paid tribute to Mandela, saying "His journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better."

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar was also among those who issued statements on Mandela. "With courage and compassion, even in the face of adversity and injustice, he not only changed his beloved South Africa, he transformed the world," Klobuchar writes.

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum called Mandela an inspiration to a global generation committed to abolishing apartheid and says his death is "truly a loss for the human race."

South Africa's President Zuma says a state funeral will be held. President Obama ordered that American flags be flown at half-staff through Monday.

Next Up

police lights

5-year-old dies 3 weeks after assault, mother's charges upped to murder

The girl died three weeks after the assault took place.

hospital, emergency room

2 teens, Texas man suffer life-threatening injuries in MN crash

One of the drivers crossed the center line and hit the other vehicle.

WIkimedia Commons - Frey April 20, 2021

Frey under fire for $359K Agape contract awarded via COVID order

Some council members called it a "misuse" of his powers, but the mayor pushed back.

minneapolis mayor - Sheila Nezhad and Jacob Frey

Minneapolis DFL fails to endorse a candidate for mayor

Sheila Nezhad and Jacob Frey finished first and second, respectively, in the endorsement process.

pontoon

Maplewood man charged with DWI after 'guys weekend' ends in tragedy

The 32-year-old was drunk-driving a pontoon, with one of his friends falling off and dying.

hail

Storm reports: Hail the size of tennis balls, baseballs hammered MN

Big-time hailstones slammed Lonsdale and Cannon Falls.

duluth police department

Man arrested for violent assault, robbery of 78-year-old in Duluth

The victim suffered stab wounds and broken bones in the attack.

Minneapolis police

More body parts found in 2nd area of Northeast Minneapolis

Police are looking for additional body parts.

ambulance

2 killed in head-on crash involving trucks on Highway 23

The crash was reported just before 6 a.m. Thursday.

Related