Past South African President and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, who is in hospital since 8th June, has today showed some little signs of recovery, according to South African Leader Jacob Zuma.
Reported by Mr. Zuma, who cancelled a visit to Mozambique to see the 94 year old in hospital, “He’s much better now 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 millions worldwide who wish the former President a speedy recovery. Though, she has too stated “he doesn’t look good”. Mandela’s circumstance remains to be considered to be precarious.
Large crowds have gathered outside the hospital, with a bunch of children 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 inheritance will live through the ages.
Online, a massive outburst of support for Mr. Mandela, too as his family and legacy, has dwarfed the comparatively small, racially enthused efforts to smear the former President’s name for shock value and/or internet hits.
Nelson Mandela was the dynamic energy behind the replacement of that racist Apartheid regime and a multi-racial South African democracy.
For his dealings as the member of that political underground, Mr. Mandela was jailed for 27 years. Before he was sentenced, Mandela famously made his case for freedom and equality in the Rivona courtroom.
“I’ve appreciated the ideal of the democratic and free civilization where all people live mutually in harmony and with equal opportunities (…) It’s an ideal which I hope to live for also to achieve. When needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” He said. Upon his release, Madela eventually became South Africa’s 1st black President and was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, with former President F.W de Klerk, in 1993.
Since voluntarily stepping down as Leader in 1999, Mr. Mandela has worked as an ambassador, campaigned against HIV/AIDS (an hardship which brought on the death of his son in 2005) and negotiated peace treaties in Africa and elsewhere 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 problems.
In 2004, he retired from public life altogether, seeking to engage in “quiet reflection”.
I wish Mr. Mandela a strong and immediate recuperation and remain hopeful that, despite his advanced years, the man known the world over as ‘Madiba’ can continue to work as the source for better on this world.