RIP Nelson Mandela

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One of the most prominent political figures of the 20th century, Nelson Mandela, has died aged 95.

Mandela was South Africa’s first black president, elected after having spent nearly three decades in prison, and was most famous for his anti-apartheid agenda in which he constantly pushed for black African rights, and equality across the board, the world over.

He spent 27 years in incarceration before being let out in 1990, going on to lead the African National Congress in negotiations with white minority rulers in 1994.

Mandela then served a single term as president as well as taking on the role of elder statesman and prominent AIDS campaigner before retiring from politics in 2004.

He had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his home in Johannesburg since September, and died of lung complications last night.

A revered icon, Nelson Mandela leaves behind a legacy of justice that will forever be remembered, and is survived by three daughters, 30 grandchildren and great-grandchildren in total.

Rest In Peace, a very great man.

 

Illustration/treatment by AJT.