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Human rights defender Nelson Mandela dies aged 95

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  1. Brett Gibson 5 Dec 2013, 11:03pm

    A true inspiration for all people who face adversity.

    Rest in peace you true angel.

  2. RIP a great man who taught the world how to behave. Racism has no place in a civilised society or community

  3. A flawed but fantastic life which oversaw (amongst fighting many forms of oppression) South Africa become the first country in the world to write LGBT rights expressly into its constitution. Every time Mugabe or Museveni tells the world that supporting queer rights is un-African, they should be asked whether or not Mandela is African.

  4. I am deeply saddened by this news, inevitable as it had become. I feel like I have lost a close friend or family member but never met the man.

    In the 80’s I attended a number of anti apartheid rally’s and rejoiced along with millions around the world at the ending of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990. Here are some of Nelson Mandela’s words

    “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

    Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    For me he is and will remain one of the most inspirational people in history.

    A light has gone out in the world tonight Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. Free and at peace.

  5. It seems unbelievable that after all the lessons on separate laws for separate people we still have that situation in existence in Russia today- and still the World leaders do nothing about it.

    Has Mandela taught us nothing?

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 6 Dec 2013, 12:32pm

    A great pity that racists, xenophobes, homophobes and religious bigots here at home and abroad haven’t learned anything from this shining example of humanity that is Nelson Mandela. Pay careful attention hate groups wherever you are, political or religious. RIP Nelson.

  7. A true inspirational leader, a gentle man who’s compassion for his fellow human beings was truly humbling. I doubt we will ever see his like again, rest in peace Madiba, your long walk to freedom has now come its end, you are now truly free.

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