The world is waking up to the terrible news this morning that South Africa’s favourite son has passed away.
Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela passed away last night at 9pm local time after months of ill health. The grand statesman was 95 and all of us here at Lazygamer wish to send our heartfelt condolences to his family and to everyone in South Africa and the world who felt connected to Madiba.
Personally this hits me hard as there is no one else in the world who I respected more than our former president. He embodied the spirit of reconciliation and the fact that he could be so badly treated for so many years and still come out smiling and full of compassion is mind boggling.
I was coming up to completing high school when Mandela was voted in as president and in those days there were still a lot of vocal racists who predicted the end of our beautiful country. 19 years later and my life is better than ever and while there are still problems we are still truly free and we all owe Mandela for that.
We will miss you Tata, may you rest in peace and may your family and the rest of South Africa never forget the legacy and opportunity you have given us.
Last Updated: December 6, 2013