Tributes are pouring in from News24 Users after the passing of Nelson Mandela.
We must tell the youngsters that he was such a great man because he wanted peace not war.
I am upset that he was not released earlier in life so that we could have more of him.
RIP Madiba thank you that you saw us as South Africans and not black and whites and coloureds and Indians.
Therefore I will do the same. I think of the Mandela family.
Christine van den Berg
If the 10 of May 1994 was a celebration of victory for the first democratically-elected South African president when Madiba was inaugurated, then the 9 of December 2013 should be declared A Day of Mourning for the South African public service.
That can go without compromising what Madiba stood for (i.e. A Better Life For All).
My sincere, deepest condolences to South Africa and the Madiba family for their loss. As we all loved him, but let us allow him to go, at least we know now that he is in good hands. May his soul rest in peace, and his spirit lives forever.
I'm in a taxi and this lady sitting next to me starting crying, saying she's thankful to Madiba for all he has done for our country.
Therefore we thank you thank you Tata for being the father of our nation.
Thank you Nelson Mandela, all of humanity was truly blessed to have you here on Earth for 95 years - and your gifts of love, wisdom and compassion will last for thousands more. We will always love you.
Thank you for the Freedom you have given us Tata Madiba.
You touched the hearts and lives of us all and you will be missed by the young and old, the black and white, the rich and the poor.
May you rest in peace and may God be with us as a Nation as we learn to deal with the loss of your love, your passion and your devotion to a democratic South Africa. We mourn your passing but celebrate your life.
RIP Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
It was a privilege to have been able to share the 22 years with a free Madiba and that my children grew up (32 and 30 ) knowing what a free SA is and such a great human being.
RIP we will miss you forever!!!!!
Nelson Mandela’s legacy will remain with us forever. Such an inspiration to us South Africans and the world.
Patience , love and forgiveness is what I learned from this great man! The father of our nation.
Let’s live peacefully with each other as he wished. I am deeply saddened by his passing. May he rest eternally in peace! Robala ka kgotso Madiba!
Had the privilege of seeing Tata at one of the many sporting events he attended, I was a few metres away from him. What an amazing aura emanated from him. Someone that you truly wanted to be around an inspiring soul, humble and modest.
News24 User Marcel
A great figure has been taken from us and as Dali Tambo said that species is extinct.
We love and miss you and may you smile upon the people of this country everyday,
While looking down
RIP Tata, He has done his part, we must carry the Light for Peace and Love. Rest In Peace our Father, Grandfather Nelson Mandela.
South Africa and the world have lost a hero. But his example will remain. He was one of the few leaders who understood that war destroys more than it solves.
He understood that the price of peace was forgiveness, and his popularity shows the world is still desperate for real leaders, leaders who will put the nation before themselves.
Rest in peace Madiba, you saved a nation and blessed a world.
Rest in peace to the greatest man that ever lived! We must all aspire to be like him, a day filled with sadness indeed!
He will be greatly missed. For the heavens have gained an angel- who taught us a lot..
Let's keep the unity and remember him always! He lived! We love him RIP to utata wethu
One of Nelson Madela`s quote and he was a living proof of that
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
The brave man in not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear.
May his soul rest in peace
Just want to say my deepest sympathy to the Mandela family an ICON that has set the benchmark for us as South Africans to believe, he fought for us as a nation knowing that one day we will have a democracy country.
News24 User Benita
What an outstanding statesman , a peace lover, father of the nation, martyr, saviour and the world icon we were so blessed to have had him as the leader of the struggle and early democratic years of SA.
It is with great sadness that we heard of former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s passing on 5 December at the age of 95.
He was a legend and an inspiration to our country, cushioning our lives with calm, peace and love.
Hamba kahle Tata Mandela!
Today, as the South African Nation we have been orphaned, the death of President Mandela is too much to bear, I shed a tear this morning.
I had the privilege of meeting President Mandela and somehow his death feels like losing a part of my body. It feels so painful.
Thank you Madiba for the sacrifices you have made for our freedom. You fought a good fight, we are honoured to have been blessed with a Leader of your caliber, there is no one like you.
Lala Ngoxolo Madiba
We will always love you!
Mandela has planted great justice in Africa, he is our beloved father, we shall misshim indeed, a giant of justice... I hope 05 December 2013 will be ever remembered in Africa.
Rest in Peace Madiba.
Sam Ayanbiyi - Botswana
It’s with very heavy hearts that South Africans walk with today and for the days to come.
It was expected yet still very sad. He was not perfect, no one is. But if there were ever another person that sacrificed as much as he did, then he/she will be mutually applauded with such gratitude and admiration.
May the nation and the people of South Africa carry his legacy with dignity and respect as he so deservedly should receive and let not his sacrifice, sweat and tears fall through the cracks but build us into a greater country TOGETHER.
Rest in Peace.
These words of President Nelson Mandela has made such an impact on my life.
"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison." - Nelson Mandela.
RIP Tata Madiba.
Thank you for giving to us as South Africans! You leave a legacy of forgiveness, that brought freedom to our nation.
May we as South Africans, learn to forgive those who has wronged us and truly live a life of freedom.
I salute you today!
You will never be forgotten!
I really believe death has no power over a man who has loved freely, served his purpose fully, I believe for this man, death is liberating, its platform to the more-ness of life.
If there is any grieve in us, it can only be because we KNOW that we are required to step forth and do our part in shaping the South Africa we seek to live in and enjoy.
The day is finally upon us;
The Halo of the “Se apara Nkwe” is dimmed
The SAINT is rested.
We gained Freedom through his pain and suffering -
We drank deep from the well of his compassion
How I wish your statesmanship could have rubbed onto the current cadres...
Robatswa ka Kgotso Tata.
It is with sadness that we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, co-receiver of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Frederik De Klerk. Nelson was a saint, if ever there was one!
And thankfully the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi, looks forward to a more democratic Myanmar.
There have been many notable recipients of this award, including worthy groups and organisations.
However, in 2012, an organisation called the European Union was named as the prize winner.
This at a time when a brave little Pakistani girl stopped a Taliban bullet on her way to school on a bus, while many of her school mates died! And she demonstrated the same beautiful passive resistance and forgiveness to her adversaries as did Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi, among other notable brave award recipients over the years.
Consider if the 2013 Nobel Peace prize nominations came down to Nelson Mandela and the European Union. Who would you recommend ?
Rest in peace, Nelson ! Free at last!
Greg Simmons, Australia
It’s once again those mornings, when death reminds us that it is final step, claiming the most influential person in South Africa.
All I can say is congratulations to a life lived in courage and conviction, all the brave and the lucky can embrace that.
I remember as a kid in primary school back home in Lesotho when Nelson Mandela came to the country as part of the SADC delegates.
Our teachers had us all pupils, primary and high school alike line up on the main road from the airport to welcome all statesmen from the SADC countries into our country.
The anticipation and excitement to catch a glimpse of this great man as the motorcade went past - one of my fondest memories.
I remember when Nelson Mandela came to our school at Westernburg High in Limpopo to donate money to build yet another school(named GOOD HOPE Primary School), it was such an honour and privilege to meet such a great man full of wisdom.
I'm very honoured to have had that moment in my life and I will treasure it for as long as I live!
May His soul rest in eternal peace...
While we will mourn TATA's passing, we must remember the legacy he left us, and continue to honour that as human beings, and not tarnish it.
For his life was lived with such dignity and conviction, qualities of such great leadership, rarely found today.
Each one of us should bring this back into our lives, as that would the greatest acknowledgement to TATA's life, and a celebration of his life, if we can transform ours.
What a SAINT we had amongst us.
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