World mourns death of Nelson Mandela
In life, Nelson Mandela’s transformation from child “troublemaker,” to student activist, to political prisoner, to South Africa’s first black president mirrored the transformation of his country from division in apartheid to unity in democracy. And in passing, Madiba, as he was known to his countrymen, bound together billions once more with the common threads of equality, peace, and hope–this time, to say goodbye.
Outside Mandela’s home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton, hundreds gathered to pay tribute to the anti-apartheid hero, who on Thursday passed away at the age of 95, after a long battle with lung problems.
President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela would be buried on Dec. 15 on the Eastern Cape, following a memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Dec. 10. Mandela’s body will lie in state from Dec. 11-13 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
Tributes continued to pour in on Friday for the Nobel Laureate and global symbol of revolution. Flags were lowered at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York, and the U.N General Assembly observed a moment of silence.