Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died. The 95-year old freedom fighter has been battling with various illnesses over the last few years.
News of his death has spread through various social networks with South Africans and the world paying their respect to one of the globe’s most icon freedom fighters.
On Twitter, the hashtag #RIPNelsonMandela dominates global trends with messages of love and expressions of sadness over the passing of the former president.
As Africa wakes up to the sad news, NASA tweeted a metaphorical moment of silence of South Africa from the sky.
— NASA (@NASA) December 5, 2013
World Leaders express their condolences to the father of a nation
I will never forget my friend Madiba. pic.twitter.com/UX21ZZG7cg
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 5, 2013
Madiba- President (1st,post-apartheid SA) passes on-but what is certain he will continue to live in the hearts of many of us # rest in peace
— Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) December 5, 2013
President Obama remembers Nelson Mandela: "A man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice."
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 5, 2013
#UNSG:Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world & within each one of us – if we believe, dream & work together 4 justice&humanity
— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela was a champion for justice & human dignity, with unmatched grace. I'll remember him as Madiba, truly an unconquerable soul.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela was inspirational. On behalf of NZ I’d like to express my sincere condolences to his family and all South Africans.
— John Key (@johnkeypm) December 5, 2013
I've spoken to the Speaker and there will be statements and tributes to Nelson Mandela in the House on Monday.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) December 5, 2013
The world remembers his courage and the difference he made
— Diego Armendariz (@Diego88088) December 6, 2013
Reading about #RIPNelsonMandela has already made this ambassador trip more special. An extremely courageous man who changed so many lives.
— Mark Melancon (@Mark_Melancon_) December 6, 2013
What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others.”#RIPNelsonMandela
— Alma Rivera (@MusicByAlma) December 6, 2013