Madiba’s Legacy | Haider Rifaat

Words can hardly do justice to Nelson Mandela’s iconic personality. Though he garnered criticism for promoting the rights of black South Africans, Mandela never stepped down from his aims. He persisted with the mission of protecting the rights of black South Africans, and gave them an incentive to vocalize and persevere in the darkest hours. Nelson Mandela was an inspiration for all of us. Despite being imprisoned for twenty seven years, Mandela continued to struggle. His reign during 1994 to 1999 was exemplary and an inspiration to all the natives of South Africa.

Mandela set up educational reforms in his country, and fought against racism, poverty and prejudice against the black natives of South Africa. Nelson Mandela is indeed a paradigm of excellence. He has received a Nobel Peace Prize Award in 1993 along with two hundred and fifty other accolades for his devoted contributions and efforts. In addition, Mandela was also affiliated with various charities. He helped battle HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Furthermore, he took vital measures to eradicate poverty and discrimination in his own country.

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Unfortunately, after falling ill for quite some time, Nelson Mandela died on December 5th, 2013 at his Johannesburg home. He died at the age of ninety five. Reports claim that he suffered from a severe lung infection.

Nelson Mandela will always be in our hearts. He has left a huge mark in the history of civil rights. I myself salute his courage and bravery.

Nelson Mandela, we love you.

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