Friday, December 6, 2013

In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Yesterday, word came that one of the most remarkable lives on the planet had come to an end.

Nelson Mandela left this world at the age of 95.

As an activist against the policy of Apartheid, Mandela was arrested and charged with inciting workers strikes and leaving the country without permission.  Mandela spent 27 years in prison enduring physical and mental abuse.  He played an active part in overseeing the end of Apartheid policies.

In 1994, he was elected President of the country that threw him in jail, South Africa.  He was determined to heal a country damaged by years of the policies of Apartheid.  He wasn't interested in retribution but in bridging the racial chasm that tore apart South Africa.

I can't do the great man justice with a few words here.  I'm just certain that we will not see another Nelson Mandela.  He was a man of great significance for freedom in the world.  We mourn his loss with the understanding that he is no longer suffering from the health problems that have, frankly, ailed him since long before he was released from prison over 23 years ago.

Nelson Mandela is free.  He is at peace.  Thanks to him, so is South Africa.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For sake of accuracy, Mandela was sentenced to 5 years for the charges you bring up. There were later more serious charges of sabotage, etc. See Rivonia Trial.