Ex- South African Leader and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, who is in hospital since eighth Of june, has in the last few days showed some small signs of improvement, reported by South African President Jacob Zuma.
According to Mr. Zuma, who cancelled a trip to Mozambique in order to see the 94 year old in hospital, “He’s much better now than he was when I visited him last night.”
Mr. Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe has also reported that her father is “still there”, which has given faith to tens of millions worldwide who wish the former Leader a speedy recuperation. Yet, she has also stated “he does not look good”. Mandela’s circumstance remains to be considered to be serious.
Huge crowds have gathered outside the hospital, including a bunch of children who released ninety four balloons, one for every year of Mandela’s life. US President Barack Obama described Mr. Mandela as “a hero for the world” and commented that his heritage will survive through the ages.
Online, a massive outpouring of support for Mr. Mandela, as well as his family and legacy, has dwarfed the relatively limited, culturally motivated efforts to smear the previous President’s name for shock worth and/or web hits.
Nelson Mandela was the powerful energy behind the alternate of that racist Apartheid regime with a multi-racial South African democracy.
For his actions as a member of the political underground, Mr. Mandela was jailed for twenty seven years. Before he was sentenced, Mandela notoriously made his argument for freedom and equality within the Rivona courtroom.
“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all people live together in harmony and with equal possibilities (…) It’s an ideal that I hope to live for and to accomplish. But if needs be, it is an ideal that I am set to pass on.” He said. Upon his release, Madela ultimately grew to become South Africa’s 1st black President and was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, with ex- Leader F.W de Klerk, in 1993.
Since voluntarily stepping down as Leader in 1999, Mr. Mandela has worked as an envoy, campaigned against HIV/AIDS (an affliction which resulted in the death of his son in 2005) and negotiated peace treaties in Africa and elsewhere within the world. On his 89th birthday, he formed ‘The Elders’ a group of foremost statesmen and famous figures, with the intent of tackling some of the world’s toughest troubles.
In 2004, he retired from public life completely, seeking to engage in “quiet reflection”.
I wish Mr. Mandela a powerful and immediate recovery and remain hopeful that, in spite of his advanced years, the person known the world over as ‘Madiba’ can continue to work as a source for good in this world.
After weeks in hospital, Nelson Mandela is gradually getting better