Nelson Mandela dead at 95! Unfortunately this is not another Nelson Mandela death hoax. The sad news has just been officially announced that South African anti-apartheid activist and leader Nelson Mandela died on Thursday at 8:50 PM local time in his home country. South African President Jacob Zuma said in a press statement that Nelson Mandela is “now at peace” but the people of his country and the world are now in deep mourning over his loss.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of treason by a white minority government for his anti-apartheid activism. He was later released from prison and negotiated a peaceful transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s.
“He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.” In a press conference announcing the death, President Zuma said what “made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human… we saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”
The news of Nelson Mandela’s death did not come as a shock. The former president had been very ill recently and battled severe health issues in recent months. He was in and out of the hospital with various ailments, including a recurring lung infection.