South African nation mourns the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Johannesburg, Friday 6 December 2013 – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South Africa’s former President who dedicated his life to the country’s struggle for human rights, freedom and the fight for democracy, passed away last night at the age of 95.

Brand South Africa Chairperson Chichi Maponya joins the nation, leaders from across the world and the broader international community, in expressing deep sorrow at the passing of former President Nelson Mandela saying, “Madiba embodied our hopes and the realisation of our dreams.”

“We are in deep mourning following this loss of indescribable magnitude which is today reverberating across the world. During his imprisonment for 27 years, Madiba carried the aspirations of multitudes of our people who yearned for a free and democratic South Africa. He inspired South Africans and people around the world alike to fight for South Africa’s liberation despite the seeming impossibility of this vision.”

“One of the greatest gifts he has bequeathed to this nation is the courage and strength to believe in a tomorrow that is better than today, a tomorrow in which our people live in dignity and prosperity.”

“He lived these ideals and brought them to life during his leadership of the country. He has inspired thousands of people to make these same values a part of their lives even when he left public office.”

“To many, Nelson Mandela will be remembered as the greatest statesman in the world. His voice and inspirational leadership has contributed enormously to the global fight for democracy and human rights and this has touched millions of people far beyond the borders of our country.”

“It is now up to each of us to carry this work forward, to play our part to ensure his legacy endures and South Africa continues to inspire triumph over seemingly insurmountable challenges. As South Africa marks 20 years of democracy, we must continue the work of Madiba – the work of building a society in which all our people enjoy the best that South Africa has to offer, freedom from want, prosperity and development.”

“We join the nation and the world in conveying our deepest condolences to the Mandela family. We also offer our immense gratitude and appreciation for sharing Tata with us. We join millions in praying that Madiba’s soul may rest in peace. Lala Ngoxolo Tata,” concluded Ms Maponya.

Note to editors

Text of President Zuma’s official statement on the passing of Former President Nelson Mandela: http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/index.htm

Official dedicated Mandela website: http://www.mandela.gov.za/

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