Mandela death dominates social media

2013-12-06 07:33
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Cape Town - As South Africans woke up to the death of former president Nelson Mandela, many took to social media to express their grief at news of his death.

Mandela died at age 95 and the topic of his death almost instantly became a trending topic on Twitter.

The hash tags #RIPNelsonMandela, #Madiba and #RIPMandela were the top three topics on the social network on Friday morning.

Users were tweeting about Mandela at a rate of around 80 tweets per minute on the top hash tag alone. Many posted images and favourite Mandela quotations.

On Facebook, the Nelson Mandela page had garnered over 2.2 million likes and several posts, including tributes from the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Former cellmate Ahmed Kathrada posted on Facebook that Mandela had a strong wit about him.

"Madala [old man], as you light-heartedly started calling me some years ago, it both grieves me and inspires me to write this to you now, with the hour of your death still a fresh wound in our peoples' hearts."

News24 parent property also paid tribute to Mandela, with videos highlighting his humanity, including the iconic appearance at the Rugby World Cup in 1995.

Nobel peace laureate Mandela perhaps has the last word on his own death, saying in 1996: "When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace."

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