BREAKING NEWS: Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela dies at age 95. Madiba will have a public viewing and a state funeral. The Colossus of 20th century is gone….
President Jacob Zuma said of the nation’s first black president, ”He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.” He also said, ”What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”
President Zuma ordered all flags in the nation to be flown at half-staff from Friday through that funeral. I don’t think there’s anyone left with this global resonance. The anti-apartheid movement tied the world together.
Nelson Mandela was a champion for justice & human dignity, with unmatched grace. I'll remember him as Madiba, truly an unconquerable soul.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 6, 2013
I will never forget my friend Madiba. pic.twitter.com/UX21ZZG7cg
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 5, 2013
IN MEMORY OF NELSON MANDELA • 1918-2013 • HE CHANGED OUR WORLD pic.twitter.com/TV0laPcxso
— Apollo Theater (@ApolloTheater) December 5, 2013
@NBCNews – US Attorney General Eric Holder on Mandela’s death: ‘As a lawyer and an activist, he inspired millions – not only in South Africa, but around the globe – to stand united against oppression and apartheid.’
@BBCPeterHunt – Prince William calls Nelson Mandela ‘an extraordinary and inspiring man. This is extremely sad and tragic news.’
Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi: Mandela ‘was one of the greatest leaders in the world’ – @AmamaMbabazi
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan: Mandela’s ‘death will create a huge vacuum that will be difficult to fill in our continent’ – statement via @AFP
Actor Morgan Freeman, who portrayed Nelson Mandela in ‘Invictus’: ‘As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go’ – statement via @NBCNews
Actor Idris Elba, who stars in biopic ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’: What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world’ – @AFP
— NASA (@NASA) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela, who truly changed the world with his sacrifice…it was an honor to have been in his presence. pic.twitter.com/gqgvABNcuL
— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) December 5, 2013
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela, subject of Weinstein Co’s Idris Elba-starrer 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' which opened Nov 29 and has awards buzz.
— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) December 5, 2013
President Obama’s tribute to Nelson Mandela: