Past South African Leader and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, who has been in hospital since the eighth Of june, has in the last few days showed some small signs of improvement, reported by South African Leader Jacob Zuma.
According to Mr. Zuma, who cancelled a trip to Mozambique so as to visit the ninety four year old in hospital, “He’s a lot better now than he was when I saw him last night.”
Mr. Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe has also reported that her father is “still there”, which has given hope to millions worldwide who wish the previous Leader a quick recuperation. However, she has too stated “he doesn’t look good”. Mandela’s circumstance continues to be believed to be precarious.
Huge crowds have gathered outside the hospital, with a group of children who released ninety four balloons, one for each year of Mandela’s life. US President Barack Obama described Mr. Mandela as “a hero of the world” and commented that his inheritance will live throughout the ages.
Online, a large expression of support for Mr. Mandela, as well as his family and legacy, has dwarfed the comparatively small, culturally enthused attempts to sully the previous President’s name for shock worth and/or internet hits.
Nelson Mandela was the powerful energy behind the alternate of that racist Apartheid regime and a multi-racial South African democracy.
For his actions as the member of the political underground, Mr. Mandela was jailed for 27 years. Before he was sentenced, Mandela famously made his reason for freedom and equality in the Rivona courtroom.
“I have respected the ideal of the democratic and free civilization where all people live jointly in harmony and with equal possibilities (…) It’s an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it’s an ideal for which I’m prepared to pass on.” He said. Upon his release, Madela ultimately became South Africa’s 1st black President and was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, with ex- President F.W de Klerk, in 1993.
Since voluntarily stepping down as President in 1999, Mr. Mandela has worked as an ambassador, campaigned against HIV/AIDS (an hardship which caused the death of his son in 2005) and negotiated peace treaties in Africa and elsewhere in the world. On his 89th birthday, he fashioned ‘The Elders’ a group of leading statesmen and famous figures, with the intent of tackling some of our world’s toughest problems.
In 2004, he retired from public life generally, seeking to engage in “quiet reflection”.
I wish Mr. Mandela a powerful and rapid recuperation and remain hopeful that, despite his advanced years, the man known the world over as ‘Madiba’ can still work as a source for better on this earth.