Nelson Mandela dies at 95


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Nelson Mandela dies at 95
Posted on: December 05, 2013, 11:36:41 PM
Mandela, who had been hospitalized in recent
weeks in Pretoria with a serious lung infection, was
revered for his fostering of democracy in the
country he served as president from 1994 to 1999
after spending 27 years in prison during the
apartheid system. He took over as president four years after being released from jail. Mandela's reputation grew to include his ability to
inspire sports teams to victory simply with his
presence, known as "Madiba magic." Tragically, he kept a low profile during the 2010
World Cup after his great-granddaughter was killed
in an automobile accident following a concert to
kick off the opening night of the event. After much anticipation and speculation that he
would remain absent as his family continued to
mourn the 13-year-old Zenani Mandela, he
attended the World Cup's closing ceremonies amid
a thunderous mix of vuvuzelas and roars from the
crowd. Mandela's presence at the 1995 rugby World Cup
final in Johannesburg, when South Africa upset New
Zealand following years of exile from international
sport, was widely seen as the moment when South
Africans truly were united, a year after he had taken


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