“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”
His defiance of white minority rule and incarceration for fighting against segregation focused the world’s attention on apartheid, the legalised racial segregation enforced by the South African government. In a nation healing from the scars of apartheid, Mandela became a moral compass.
And with that said, today a great light has gone out in the world as we experience the loss of the world’s greatest freedom fighter who will be mourned by billions.
Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. You will forever be a hero in our hearts.