Former South African President and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, who is in hospital since the eighth Of june, has in the last few days showed some little signs of improvement, according to South African President Jacob Zuma.
According to Mr. Zuma, who cancelled a visit to Mozambique to go to the ninety four year old in hospital, “He is a lot better today than he was when I saw him last night.”
Mr. Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe has also reported that her father is “still there”, which has given faith to the hundreds of thousands worldwide who wish the previous President a speedy recuperation. Though, she has also stated “he does not look good”. Mandela’s circumstance remains to be thought to be perilous.
Huge crowds have gathered outside the hospital, including a group of youngsters who released ninety four balloons, one for each year of Mandela’s life. US President Barack Obama described Mr. Mandela as “a hero of the world” and commented that his heritage will survive through the ages.
Online, a large outburst of support for Mr. Mandela, too as his family and legacy, has dwarfed the comparatively limited, racially motivated efforts to sully the former President’s name for shock value and/or web hits.
Nelson Mandela was the powerful energy behind the alternate of the racist Apartheid regime with a multi-racial South African democracy.
For his dealings as the member of the political underground, Mr. Mandela was jailed for 27 years. Before he was sentenced, Mandela notoriously made his argument for freedom and equality in the Rivona courtroom.
“I have appreciated the ideal of the democratic and free civilization in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal possibilities (…) It is an ideal that I hope to live for also to achieve. When needs be, it is an ideal that I am prepared to pass on.” He said. Upon his release, Madela ultimately grew to become South Africa’s first black Leader and was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, with former Leader F.W de Klerk, in 1993.
Since voluntarily stepping down as Leader 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 in the world. On his 89th birthday, he fashioned ‘The Elders’ a bunch of leading statesmen and famous figures, with the intent of tackling some of our world’s toughest troubles.
In 2004, he retired from public life altogether, seeking to engage in “quiet reflection”.
I wish Mr. Mandela a strong and rapid recovery and remain hopeful that, in spite of his advanced years, the person known the world over as ‘Madiba’ can still work as a source for good in this earth.