In Memoriam – Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela passes away

July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013

THE Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends its deepest condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela, to the people of South Africa and to the African National Congress at the sad news of the death of Nelson Mandela. Mandela passed away on December 5 at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95. South African President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela, “the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,“ adding that he “passed on peacefully.” Mandela played a legendary role in the anti-colonial struggle of his people and in ending the cruel apartheid regime. He became the first black president of South Africa. He remained true to his principles and, to the end of his days, he continued to stand with all those who helped South Africa win freedom. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” Zuma said. “Our thoughts are with the millions of people who embraced Mandela as their own and who saw his cause as their cause…. This is the moment of our deepest sorrow.” Mandela will be accorded a state funeral, Zuma said, and national flags will be lowered to half-mast.

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