South African president Jacob Zuma announced that the former president
and anti-apartheid revolutionary passed away peacefully in the company
of his family in his home in Johannesburg around 8:50 this evening Dec.
5th. He was 95 years old.
President Jacob Zuma said flags will be flown at half-mast across South
Africa immediately with a state burial to follow.
Here are 40 facts you need to know about him:
Nelson Mandela was nine, and he was placed in the care of the acting
regent of the Thembu people, Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo.
prodigious energies increasingly on empowering disadvantaged children
and fighting against HIV/Aids.
His parting gift – a R1-billion endowment to South Africa, to be raised
by the three charitable organisations that bear his name: the Nelson
Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Nelson
Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
‘pulling the branch of the tree’. Colloquially it also means
‘troublemaker’. His English name, Nelson, was given to him by a
student protest. He later completed his degree through Unisa, which he
followed up with a law degree from Wits University.
Dalindyebo, the leader of the Tembu people, tried to set up an arranged
marriage for him. After arriving in the city, he found work as a night
watchman at a mine.
close friend Walter Sisulu and Sisulu’s mother in Orlando, Soweto.
cousin. She was the breadwinner in the family and supported Mandela
while he studied law at Wits University and became further involved in
politics. They had four children together and divorced in 1958.
struggle. During this time he received guerilla training in Morocco and
outside of Howick later that year remain unclear but it is believed that
an American CIA agent tipped off the police about his whereabouts. He
was convicted of sabotage and attempting to violently overthrow the
cell, with nothing but a bedroll on the floor and a bucket for
sanitation in it. He was consigned to hard labour in a lime quarry for
much of that time and was, at first, only allowed one visitor and one
letter every six months.
six occasions but he rejected them each time. On one such occasion
Mandela released a statement saying: ‘I cherish my own freedom
dearly, but I care even more for your freedom … What freedom am I being
offered while the organisation of the people [the ANC] remains banned?‘
in plastic containers and buried in a vegetable garden which he kept at
prison. It was hoped that fellow prisoner Mac Maharaj, who was due for
release, would be able to smuggle it out. But the containers were
discovered when prison authorities began building a wall through the
garden. As punishment, Mandela’s study privileges were revoked.
he asked struggle stalwart Amina Cachalia, with whom he had a long
relationship, to marry him but she turned him down. On his 80th
birthday, Mandela married, the widow of Mozambique’s former president
the apartheid government and was recognised as such by countries
including the US and Britain. It was only in 2008 that the United States
finally removed Mandela and other ANC members from its terror list.
Nelson Mandela International Day. This was the first time the UN
dedicated a particular day to a person.
others, he was an honorary citizen of Canada, an honorary member of the
British Labour Party, and an honorary member of Manchester United. He
also had a nuclear particle (the ‘Mandela particle’), a prehistoric woodpecker (Australopicus nelsonmandelai) and an orchid (Paravanda Nelson Mandela) named after him.
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Arabian cargo plane has caused the temporary suspension of flights at
the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
The Saudi plane, a Boeing 747 cargo aircraft overran the runway and ran
into a maintenance area of the airport and has to be fixed before it can
be evacuated from the runway.
As a result, thousands of passengers, including movie star Kate Henshaw are stranded at different
airports in the country, especially those who are Abuja-bound in Lagos,
Port Harcourt, Uyo, Kaduna and Kano among others.