[ View the story "What did Nelson Mandela’s life mean to you?" on Storify] What did Nelson Mandela’s life mean to you? The former South African president was the 'father of the nation' and an icon for the world.
The Stream· Thu, Dec 05 2013 15:38:11
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected president, died at his home in Johannesburg on Thursday. According to his daughter, Mandela put up a "courageous fight" against a lung infection he had been battling for more than three months.
“Death is something inevitable.When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people&his country,he can rest in peace” #MadibaNelsonMandela
The Stream community shared their answers:
What did Mandela's life mean to you?
@AJStream I feel like he gives me the courage to stand up against those who want me to remain silent. #NelsonMandela #FreedomFighterHawa.Y
I learnt that #Mandela went to prison for the love of his country. Sadly Africa is devoid of such leaders. @AJStream #MandelaIt's ur kid,ladumdum
@mmbilal @AJStream He made me understand the mindset of a humble Leader who store no hatred, making the world a better place,glows with loveJay Bieggs ®
I remember as a child #Mandela's walk from captivity. We should now recall all he stood for; hope, a better future and equality for all #fbMartin McGann
He gave me the motivation and belief that as an African I can Soar higher than I think @mmbilal @AJStream #Mandela #MadibaUncle_sam#SPACO!!
I've never seen every single tweet on my TL, from around the world, be about one person. #MadibaMelanie Bala
Upon hearing President Zuma's announcement, nearly 90,000 tweets out of South Africa were sent in less than two hours. South Africans online mourned the leader's death by remembering his courageous contributions to justice in the former apartheid-ruled country. Many shared their grief and gratitude on Twitter:
For South Africans, this is like the death of a dear father. Our libertarian and teacher of humanity has left us #RIPNelsonMandelaRyan
As a South African, I have always held Tata Madiba close to my heart. I always felt as though he is the father of our nation. I am shatteredEmeliya Helmy
Thank you #Madiba for making me #ProudlySouthAfrican, allowing me to believe in the goodness of man. Your example will remain my inspirationNerina Visser
Many discussed Mandela's legacy for the future.
Memorials will start, bio films will debut. Our children will learn to admire him, like we did. But, will they ever get their OWN Mandela?Muna AbuSulayman
You'd better believe I'll teach my kids and grand kids about Nelson Mandela.D(istressed)elavie
Others shared social media tributes:
A #6secondtribute to South Africa's beloved #NelsonMandela. #madiba #6secondnewsVine
A very South African vigil outside Nelson Mandela's hospital tonight...Vine
First Nelson Mandela interviewharmenvogels
Original press clipping campaigning for the release of Madiba. Thanks @faith47. #mandela #freedom #free #nelson #makhulu #mediamakhulu_
Mandela 1964 at "terrorism" trial: "We had either to accept inferiority or fight against it with violence."
Nelson Mandela at a release rally in Johannesburgiconic
In 1994, Mandela became the first black South African to be elected president, serving in the office until 1999 and stepping down voluntarily after one term. From Mandela's address to his countrymen at his
We have triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of the millions of our people. We enter into a covenant that we shall build the society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity--a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.public.wsu.edu