Former South African President and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, who is in hospital since the 8th Of june, has today showed some small signs of improvement, reported by South African President Jacob Zuma.
Reported by Mr. Zuma, who cancelled a visit to Mozambique so as to go to the 94 year old in hospital, “He is much better now than he was when I visited him last night.”
Mr. Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe has also reported that her father is “still there”, which has provided faith to tens of millions worldwide who wish the previous Leader a immediate recuperation. Yet, she has also affirmed “he does not look good”. Mandela’s condition remains to be believed to be precarious.
Large crowds have gathered outside the hospital, including a group of youngsters who released 94 balloons, one for each year of Mandela’s life. US President Barack Obama described Mr. Mandela as “a hero for the world” and commented that his inheritance will live through the ages.
Online, a large expression of support for Mr. Mandela, as well as his family and legacy, has dwarfed the relatively small, racially motivated efforts to sully the previous President’s name for shock worth and/or internet hits.
Nelson Mandela was the powerful force behind the replacement of that racist Apartheid regime with a multi-racial South African democracy.
For his proceedings as the member of the political underground, Mr. Mandela was locked up for 27 years. Before he was sentenced, Mandela famously made his case for independence and equality in the Rivona courtroom.
“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free civilization that all people live together in harmony and with equal possibilities (…) It is an ideal which I hope to live for also to achieve. When needs be, it is an ideal that I am prepared to die.” He said. Upon his liberate, Madela eventually grew to become South Africa’s 1st black Leader and was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, with former Leader F.W de Klerk, in 1993.
Since voluntarily stepping down as President in 1999, Mr. Mandela has worked as an envoy, campaigned against HIV/AIDS (an affliction which caused the death of his son in 2005) and negotiated peace treaties in Africa and somewhere else within the world. On his 89th birthday, he fashioned ‘The Elders’ a group of foremost statesmen and famous figures, with the intent of tackling some of our world’s toughest problems.
In 2004, he retired from public life generally, seeking to engage in “quiet reflection”.
I wish Mr. Mandela a powerful and rapid recuperation and stay hopeful that, despite his advanced years, the man known the world over as ‘Madiba’ can still work as a source for better on this world.