Nelson Mandela, the freedom fighter who emerged from 27 years in prison to become South Africa’s first elected black president and a global symbol of reconciliation, has died. He was 95.
South Africans flocked to the Johannesburg home of Nelson Mandela to mourn his death and pay tribute to a leader who led the nation out of racial discord by encouraging reconciliation.
The three blue-gum trees under which Nelson Mandela learned to be a leader still stand at the Mqhekezweni Great Place near Qunu, formerly the seat of kings of the abaThembu tribe in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.
"Let us work together for reconciliation and nation building."
- Nelson Mandela on Dec 08, 2013
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