Condolence Book

Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918- 05 December 2013)
As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, an icon of freedom, human rights and democracy, the United Nations invites you to post your thoughts and messages here.

In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and social justice.

432 thoughts on “Condolence Book

  1. Susan

    No words can express the loss I feel, but in spite of this, am thankful to God for giving us a true gem of our times. A man who inspired selfless love and sacrifice for his people in a humble and quiet way. Thank you for being a shining light of hope all my life. Rest in eternal peace.

    1. Hau-etien

      Merci M. Mandela,
      depuis 1988, votre image et votre nom m’étaient familiers. Depuis 1988, vos valeurs m’ont aidé à surmonter certaines épreuves. Mon fils a appris votre nom très jeune…
      Et depuis trois jours, je pleure plus que pour le décès de membres de ma famille…
      Reposez en paix auprès des vôtres.

  2. Mzwanele G. Mfunwa

    Even though he physical demise was expected, as all of us will sure pass on, Madiba’s passing away was a shock. As we grew up in apartheid, living in fear, suffering, humiliation, someway in dark dungeon he and his colleagues in jail were our hope. This hope never disappeared and never disappointed when he emerged in 1990.

    May he rest in peace. May those who followed in his leadership shoes learn the art of selfless serving and sacrifice. May we all renew our resolve to let no one suffer when we can do something about it. May those who bully and inflict pain, suffering and discrimination NEVER NEVER and NEVER get away with it.

    I am personally greatful that some of my achievement in life have been facilited by Nelson Mandela’s struggle and personal sacrifice.

    May his spirit of serving live within us forever.

    Amen

  3. James Mwangi

    Dear Madiba,
    You have taken a bow on this world’s stage and been promoted to glory to revel in the presence of our Lord and maker. I can picture it all, you seated on a stool surrounded by those who have gone before us as you regale them with tales of your illustrious life fraught with trials and tribulations from which you emerged victorious and with renewed determination. In the words of one of my favourite hymns, “It is well with your soul” now, free from pain and any form of affliction. May your selflessness and courage continue to be a beacon of hope for the downtrodden in our struggle to be freed from all forms of discrimination and social exclusion. Even though you have ceased to be with us physically, your spirit lives on in our hearts. In the eternal words of that enduring song by Boyz To Men and Mariah Carey, “And I know you’re shining down on me from heaven, like so many friends we’ve lost along the way, and I know eventually we’ll be together, one sweet day”. May your soul rest in eternal peace Madiba, amen.

  4. Shitaye Temam

    Nelson Mandela, our role model, you passed on today but your unmatched forgiveness will live on FOREVER!! Rest in Peace!!

  5. Janice Nduati

    Iwork in UNIC Nairobi.

    Mandela yu were an icon, a man who fought for what was right. Human rights and freedom! You have left us but you have left your people and the people of the world with peace and knowing that it was not in vain for all that you suffered for. Today, the people of South Africa are enjoying their freedom and that is what we all need to do in our life here on earth. LEAVE A MARK that is positive in peoples lives.

    May the good Lord keep His family in peace at this time of mourning our Hero our icon….

  6. Nebiyu Gossa Workineh

    You showed us the way… you the messenger of the almighty, made us to realize the importance of compassion, selflesness and freedom. You made us know to respect others as we seek respect to ourselves by others and regardless of our race, language, relegion or culture. You the most humble, made us proud, made us to be known, to be respected through our work and values. You are the one …among the many …. you are the star, among the many who made this world to come yet together, live together and build a nation together.
    What a pain, what a feeling one can have to see you go away. Only one thing I ask you to do for this world from up the unknown…. please make sure the people of South Africa and that of the world need peace and god may be generious to do so.
    Good buy Madiba…. your sprit is both in my heart and soul. la luta continua!!!

  7. Eshila Maravanyika

    On behalf of UNIC Nairobi and on my own behalf, we celebrate the life of an icorn who made a massive difference fo the betterment of the people of South Africa and the world over. We mourn his passing on and send our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa. We will continue to remember “tata” everyday and through activities to mark the Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July every year. May his dear soul rest in eternal peace. “lala ngokuthula”.

  8. Margaret Otuke

    “Tata” – Your smile, tolerance and patience speak volumes and teach all of us a lot. The World and all Africa equally mourn and celebrate your great life.
    Rest in eternal peace.

  9. Phyllis Obare

    He fought and inspired for the liberation of our generation. He gave hope and a vision for the future.
    His legacy is one thats very insipring: that you don’t give up, you keep on trying’.
    We’ll never know when life would end. Here today and gone tomorrow…
    Your memories live with us.
    R.I.P Madiba

  10. Xuqing Wu

    大上有立德,其次有立功,其次有立言,虽久不废,此之谓不朽。——《左传 襄公二十四年》
    圣德如斯,惠泽被于无穷。

  11. Keller, Cordula

    I am deeply deeply saddened by the news and I extend my deepest condoleances. He was a GREAT MAN, an example for humanity. He will be missed by the whole world but although no longer amongst us we should not forget and continue what he started….. He will forever have a place in my heart and that of my family. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. May his Soul Rest in Peace. Cordula Keller (United Nations Office at Geneva)

  12. Derrese Degefa

    We learned a lot from your life! Of all things, you will be remembered for being a messenger of Love for peace for all in South Africa and beyond. You really made a difference for better! If you had taken a different route other than what God directed you to do, South Africa wouldn’t have been what it is today! If we fail to learn at least this one, we haven’t noticed at all what your life meant on earth.

    May your soul rest in peace!

  13. Mimi Dee

    You were the voice and strength of your people, for like a wall you didn’t not shake when those who brought hate and destruction to your country. Instead with courage you stood up for human rights, freedom for the oppressed, justice, and the right of your people to live with dignity and choose their own destiny. When others would have take revenge you chose peace, humility and wisdom. You were the father of a nation. To the world an icon of bringer of peace/uniter, perseverance, leadership, forgiveness, love, humility, wisdom and loyalty. Gone but never will be forgotten for you surely left an indelible mark in the history books and in our hearts, Madiba. Rest in peace. (DG, Mimi Dee)

  14. Bob Werunga

    Madiba we shall miss your courage and inspiration, you showed the world that people can live togather even after many years of isolation and prison,we thank you for your life and the work you did not only for South Africa(The Rainbow Nation)but to the world. May the Lord Almight rest your soul in enternal peace and give the people of South Africa Courage to continue what you started, A LUTA CONTINUIER MADIBA

  15. Linda Murray

    an inspiration to all, during SA’s darkest times! forever remembered. rest in peace Madiba, as you join your fellow friends & comrades!

  16. Paida

    A sad day for Mother Africa and for the rest of the world. We will always remember how you chose to not forget but at the same time forgive.

    A death of a legend to humankind and one of the greatest human beings, we will never forget you Madiba. My heartfelt condolences to the people of South Africa, you are in are thoughts during these trying times

    May his soul rest in peace

  17. Nyaguthie Ngetha

    Your taught the world to forgive. Your actions and words will inspire generations to come.

  18. WEI

    We practice international law towards the direction you already guided for us. You are one of the most important reasons that we are still sticking to what we believe here. Wish you a peaceful journey. We future generations will not disappoint you.

  19. Richard Wright

    Nelson Mandela was a shining beacon of hope to the world, an irreplaceable icon of humanity and defender of global values. His qualities of tolerance, forbearance, forgiveness, decency and respect for others – no matter how different – are a model for us all. I feel a profound sadness at the passing of this truly great, irreplaceable leader, revered by everyone, whose example should be the template for behaviour in today’s world.

  20. Lucia Tshweu

    ‘MY BLACK PRESIDENT’,my HERO,my FATHER,TATA MADIBA. You will forever be missed and i will always remember you when it’s my birthday,as we were also sharing. A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again,REST IN PEACE TATA and rise in Glory,,,til we meet again in another world.

  21. Anne Kamau

    There are no fitting words one can say about such an inspiring and courageous man the world will probably “NEVER” see again. I wish him eternal peace & rest and may GOD reward him richly for all he has done for mankind. Today the world has lost its biggest inspiration to live in peace and harmony and to have respect for racial diversity. I wish his family condolences at this most difficult time.
    GOD BLESS!

  22. Alicia Lovell-Squires

    We, the people of the world are deeply saddened to hear this dreadful news!

    This world will never be the same without you, Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla ‘Madiba’ Mandela!!!

    You are a global icon who has touched our lives in many ways. You will always be remembered for your grace, dignity, vision, charisma, influence to lead, intelligence, selfless struggle for equality for all, justice, strong ethical values, motivation and determination!

    You have fought a good fight and you have finished your course! Thanks to you for the sacrifices that you have made for all of us!!!

    May you rest in perfect peace and rise in glory!!!

  23. Sangya Singh

    Madiba,
    You are a true legend and you will forever live in our heart. Your walk to freedom rests but shall forever inspire us to continue forward. Rest in eternal peace.
    Sincerest respect,
    Sangya

  24. Katrina Campbell

    Thank you to Mr. Mandela for his sacrifice on behalf of the people of South Africa, people of color around the world, and the world at large. As a black American, I can say that I have benefitted from his tireless work, along with the work of so many activists in South Africa and around the world. Without these efforts, I could not be where I am today. And thank you to the family and friends of Mr. Mandela, who gave him to the world so that he could broaden his sphere of influence to include all of humanity. Rest in peace.

  25. Sebastiao Ndongala Vemba

    Tata Madiba, rest peacefully as for your dreams were all fulfilled and you left us good memories to have as model.

  26. Roberta Carmo Jimenez

    Good by Nelson Mandela, for me he was a special man, who led a people to end apartheid in South Africa, he will remain an example of peace, justice, intelligence, modesty and moral.

  27. Catherine Arif

    Whilst I never had the honour nor privilege to meet you, you were without any doubt one of the most admirable people ever to have lived on this earth. Your capacity for forgiveness is a lesson to us all. Your legacy will live on for ever in the South African people that you freed. Good night sleep well.

  28. Rupinder K Gill

    Nelson Mandela was an inspiring man who will always be remembered for his promotion of democracy, equality and his many charitable foundations. In the end it is our memories we remember most. Life is all the memories you make happen. I hope Nelson Mandela is remembered for generations to come ♥

  29. Darlene Krystal

    The world hurts….the earth mourns….time takes a new beginning….his words of strength and peace will always be remembered….Let Dec 8 be a National Mandela Day for eternity…..Peace….a global holiday….. His words ring through the nations…..

  30. Charles Icon

    Firstly, my bereaved thoughts and heart goes to his family and South Africa.
    It’s unsearcheable , undescribable in words and quiet humbling to protrait the enigma that Late Nelson Mandela was and still is today to to us and the world. He fought tooth and nail through and for a course which today we immersely are indepthly grateful and thankful for totally. In my heart I salute his boldness, courage, resilennce spirit and humble heart forever as long as I live. God bless South Africa, God bless the World and UN, Amen. RIP Madiba

  31. tei werth

    May we as South Africans remember and live, as well as strive towards your vision of One Nation, value life and also leave a remembarable legacy behind for our future generation.

  32. Mary Tierney

    The privilege to be in South Africa from the time my former husband, a UN election worker, set up the election process and remained for two years, today resonates so deeply. Going back & forth from NYC to various parts of South Africa and ultimately ending in East London for Election Day was a life altering time. Prior to that, I was a part of the SOUTH AFRICA FREE ELECTION fundraising effort here in my home town of Greenwich Village, Manhattan.
    In 1990, at Gracie Mansion, I introduced him to my young nephew, Eddie Scannell, and we remembered that day in emails earlier this year. May I continue to have my life altered by Mandiba’s memory every day in thought, word but especially action. Finally, rest in that eternal peace.

  33. Elvis WEPNGONG

    Nelson Mandela is a Father of many Nations just like our father Abraham in the Bible. History will never forget his impact to the world.

  34. Rukhsana Gabol Balouch

    May your soul be in rest . A great leader God be happy to meet his great creation a great human and you go there as an hero of millions

  35. Melaku Ashagrie

    Nelson Mandela was, is and will be Jesus of democracy, social justice and peaceful coexistence!!!
    His legacy is an Olympic flame that sparks through out generations!!!

    MY HEARTFELT GRATITUDE TO NELSON MANDELA!!!!

  36. Denise Badila

    Dear Madiba,

    You are an inspiration for so many people around the world.
    Thank you for everything!!!!!
    You show us the way, let’s continue what you started. RIP.

    Denise, NY, USA

  37. Raj Thapa Magar

    Today we are saddened by the sudden demise of the great man, Madiba…!!
    He was a man of dignity, courages, determination, freedom, justice, equality, humanity, forgiveness and unity…!!!

    My heartfelt tribute to that great man….!!!! Rest in peace , mandiba…!!!!!

  38. Ana María Ortiz

    Mandela, Thank you for being my inspiration to pursue my dreams as a diplomat.
    You will be missed.
    All my love,
    Ana María

  39. Julien Petit-Martin

    Greatings to all the world,

    This tall man was honour Citizen of my City called Nanterre in France. We love him so much and he was a part of our life.

    May he rest in peace. Respect to him and his nation.

  40. Mellisa

    A great man is still a man and will become old, sick and eventually die. Nothing last forever, everything changes. However, he had done what he think is right and inspired all of us. And this man, had changed himself, changed the people around him, and then, he changed the world.
    May your soul rest in peace, knowing that you had made the world better and it will get better because of people like you.
    Thank you.

  41. Dave Goodwin

    A long struggle. A long life. An inspiration to all of humanity who fight injustice, oppression and the powerful elites in our imperfect world. Rest easy brother Mandela.

  42. Hatem Al-Iriani

    Dear Mandela
    The world will miss you too much. I believe though that you did not leave us yet. Your work, words, and blessings will stay with us for good.
    Hatem Al-Iriani
    Yemen

  43. SYLVESTER EMMANUEL

    LORD JESUS, the man of the GUN’s delivery has left us. A leader with so much love and resilience for his people’s freedom. Both species of the delivery are Yours, and so we pray for more unity and equity between the p and d. Heavenly Father, Accept his soul unconditionally in his brother Abraham’s Bosom. Your grace have manifested in both of them unconditionally. May the end of his physical life with us, be an end to loveless and undemocratic leaders in the gun and globe.

    MENE MENE EM EN 7 LORD!

    Thank You, Lord for hearing the voice of an ‘unworthy’ lad at Your Trigger!

    Be glorified in all the heavens and earth!

    Lad

  44. Stefanie Willches

    People was able to identify with Mr. Mandela; because, he could walk away but he didn’t. His name would always remind us courage and sacrifice for dignity and humanity! Condolences to his family and the World! RIP Mr. Mandela

  45. Rachelle Rabie

    Madiba, our beloved father of our nation,
    It is a sad time for our nation at your passing. You were our Special Star and our symbol of peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, freedom and respect. May we live up to your name and symbolism and dedicate our lives in pursuit of what you stood and lived for. Your smile lifted our spirits, your voiced encouraged our boldness, your words were to us like bread to the poor, your humour made us love you even more and your actions sobered us to the knowledge of true love and sacrifice. Your loss echoes in our hearts, at the same time unifies us in mourning. May this time renew our intentions to live up to your dreams and unite us as the rainbow nation.

  46. Camille Kwambai

    You’re a true hero!because you lived, many lives have been transformed and inspired! Africa mourns you,the world mourns you. You have left your great mark,you have left your legacy! RIP our beloved Madiba!

  47. Sylvain Gomes Monteiro

    The World has just lost a GREAT MAN!
    Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela!
    May your legacy of FREEDOM for all human beings live Forever!
    I present my condolences to the Mandela family, to the People of South Africa and to the WORLD!
    SGM

  48. dalila benmehidi

    a very sad day for all humanity.. however his spirit and work lives . He showed us how to prevail in the face of immense adversity and suddenly all our challenges seem so small and our goals attainable.

    thank you Madiba you will be greatly missed

  49. Rebeca Arias

    I am deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Nelson Mandela. His extraordinary leadership and life commitment to the cause of ending apartheid and bring peace and reconciliation to South Africa was an inspiration for all humanity, in particular for all of us that struggle for a world free of injustice, racism, discrimination and violence. His contribution to make this a better world for all human beings is incommensurable. I wish to express my deepest condolences to Mr. Mandela’s family and to the people of South Africa. Rebeca Arias, UN Resident Coordinator, Peru.

  50. Younnique McDonald

    Talk about legacy, Mr. Mandela lived a life of humility, character and integrity. His life will be forever be celebrated and remembered for decades and decades to come as a reflection of God’s agape love. Mr. Mnadela looked beyond the humanity’s differences and put the magnifying glass on our similarities. There is far more than unifies us as a human race, than that which divides us. United we stand divided we fall. Thank you Mandingo, for being a role model to the world! May your soul rest in eternal peace.

  51. Molale

    As we mourn, with all the sadness and pain of his passing away, we should hold our heads up high as he has served us with aplomb/ distinction! We can only be filled with a sense of pride that “ya gagwe tema o e weditse ka manontlhotlho, ka bo tshwerere tota”! that can only make us proud and spur us further to carry on his legacy!

    It’s in our hands!

    May Madiba’s soul rest in peace and rise in glory. Condolences to the bereaved family, friends, South Africa, African Continent and the whole world at large.

    A mowa wa gagwe o robale ka khutso!

  52. Aparna Anna R.

    Today humanity has lost one of its greatest advocates. Sir Nelson Mandela showed the world how to fight, fight for what you believe in, fight till you have achieved it. I hope we can continue his fight for equality till the dream is achieved.
    RIP.

  53. Negus Gebreselasie hadera

    Mandela’s death has saddened the world and Africa in particular. However, his firm stand for peace, equality and human dignity will remain for ever in our memory. His brave comitment and selflessness should inspire us more than ever. African leaders need to make use of model in serving their people more much more than mere mourning his death.

  54. Michael Zilberg

    Mr. Mandela’s principled conduct of his life is a great legacy and role model for every human being. He will be missed.

  55. Dave Dowling

    South Africa did not loose a Son, The World lost an example of how to be, what to stand up for, what is is to be a Hero.

  56. Yazen Al-Saghiri

    Madiba is alive in the very soul of every human. His words and deeds are tattooed in our hearts.
    He is the definition of eternity.
    May he rest in peace..

  57. Tina

    As it says, the true living should be like, that, when you are born, you cry and the world around you laughs and when you finally leave, you laugh and the whole world cries. Dear Sir, you may have had departed this stage called “world” to heavenly abode, yet, you will remain immortal in all our minds as a great inspiration to fight off all odds and shine out through. RIP. Love and respect.

  58. Nanou Fiankinana

    Madiba, pour touts ce que tu as déjà fait, merci. Tu mérites le repos du guerrier et tous les honneurs te reviennent de droit.
    Le voeux que nous autres, saurons faire cette longue marche pour la liberté et que tu continues à inspirer à l’action….

  59. Isaiah Smith

    Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. The World has lost a hero. The Honorable Mandela has died at the age of 95. We respect Mandela’s passion and love for humanity. Throughout his life he has fought for democracy, freedom and equality. The World is a better place because of him and his legacy will never be forgotten!

    ~Isaiah Smith
    Ambassador General of the Universal Human and Civil Rights Union {UHCRU}

  60. Siddharth Manu

    Dear Dr Mandela,
    I’m a young man from India. I remember when in 1995, when I was just 6 years old, my mother told me about your tremendous struggle. After that, I read my mentor Dr Ikeda calling you the “Lion of freedom”. To have spent 27 years in prison is the most extreme of persecutions anyone has faced in the modern age. You were a champion of humanity, who brought liberty & freedom to the whole world, not just to the South Africans.

    Thank you for showing us the true way to live, the true power of a single individual. I promise to walk the path that you’ve shown us.

    With deepest respect,
    Siddharth

  61. Major Reg Tweten, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    To be remembered one must be known. Mr. Mandela was known by millions. His inspiring courage shall serve for many generations to come.

  62. Nomapha Lupuzi

    Madiba you have left us during a crital time when we feel that hopes for the future are fading. This is not what you fought for. It is only our mistakes that have made us land where we are. We will remember those times when we sing songs of joy, shouting for victory. You deserve a classic valediction. The ‘Power of your spirit’ must lead our minds and action to where you wanted us to be. Rest in peace Dalibhunga.

  63. vinodselv

    We Miss you..I didn see Marthin Luther king..Your my Luther king..The world never remember every person after they left..Till humanity exist the world will remember you..We miss you..love u

  64. Nadia

    Nelson,
    I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done to make our world a better place. You will always stay in my heart… FOREVER ♥♥♥
    Thank you for being my greatest inspiration! I love you :)

  65. Lauretta Sowe

    Rest in perfect Madiba…your legacy will live forever…farewdll..the angels of God to receive you

  66. Ma. Teresa Velasco

    Mis sentidos pésames al mundo entero por perder a un hombre tan importante, que luchó toda su vida por alcanzar la paz.

    Esperemos que haya sembrado muchísimas semillas de amor y paz en el mundo, eso nos reconfortaría en este momento, que la misión por la que Dios lo envió a este mundo haya tenido muchos frutos, ya que ésto nos hace mucha falta en estas épocas, donde los seres humanos nos estamos olvidando que a nuestro alrededor sólo existen otros seres humanos, diferentes pero al fin seres humanos.

  67. Léna Lupon / United Nations Headquarters

    May you rest in peace! Farewell to the most remarkable human being and the World’s Greatest. Thank you for all you have done on this earth for peace, freedom, development and fighting HIV/AIDS in South Africa, Africa and throughout the World. YOU WILL, FOREVER, BE AN INSPIRATION!!!

  68. Upali Magedaragamage

    A great leader with compassion, generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service. A leader to the whole world!

  69. Anita

    Hope, peace, love and forgiveness – a smile that’s left it’s imprint on my heart. Madiba, your life changed the world.
    The world miss you a lot…

  70. Anita

    Hope, peace, love and forgiveness – a smile that’s left it’s imprint on my heart. Madiba, your life changed the world.
    The world will miss you a lot…

  71. Yimika

    It seems unreal that you’ve passed away. But you’re in a far better place and your legacy lives on! You used your every minute and your every breath fighting for us and for that we thank you. You are an inspiration to millions, regardless of their race! Rest in Peace Madiba

  72. Bio Mora

    Animas die,men die.All that walks the earth must die.But our true hero never dies,he will continue to live in our memories.The great Madiba stood for justice,fought for freedom,struggled for emancipation and sacrificed his entire life for the sake of humanity.Mandela was an embodiment of virtues,a symbol of love and humility.Infact,words cant express the person of Mandela,he was a phenomenon.We will miss him.Adieu Nelson Mandela!

  73. Chris Nwamba

    Madiba, we will not miss you because you still live through your lagecy. I pray our leaders will study who you truely are and stand for. But be rest assured that I will tell my children about you and they in turn will tell their children for many generations to come. You are an example of service above self. Adieu

  74. Tony Baruti Basubi

    Les valeurs ne meurent jamais…
    Que chacun se tourne vers les valeurs humaines et Democratiques.

    Les dirigeants africains doivent suivre l`exemple de Tata MADIBA.

  75. 'Manthatisi Margaret Machepha

    He has been a manifestation of God and a symbol of conscience and Gods purpose for mankind! Indeed he finally closed his eyes so we could open ours. Its now in our hands to realise that democracy is not a struggle but to lead the nation with intergrity and respect to humankind.
    To his family he was a father it had to share with the world, and we are with them in prayer.
    A freedom fighter enhanced to be iconic leader of all times. He introduced the moral authority over those he served and in turn earned the utmost respect from the world!

  76. Baljinder (Bal) Boora

    Recently, I read his biography and became aware what this true leader had to contend with at the hands of brutal and racist regime in South Africa to get equal rights for the blacks and other visible minorities. Mandela suffered not on personally but his wife Winnie and their children suffered as well. He spent 27 years of his prime life time in a wet cell on the isle land prison.

    The legacy this brave leader left for the world will guide the future generations like a light house when looking for guidance in any troubled society. He showed courage in the brutal fight against the white minority regime and brought them to their knees with the help of support for his mission from the international community.

    Madiva’s name will shine in the pages of world history and enlighten future generations for living life with dignity and freedom. Hi name will shine for ever and ever on this planet as a true leader of mankind!

    Long Live Mandela, Madiva!
    Bal Boora

  77. Dulcie Mapondera

    Dear Madiba, you were an inspiration to us all, and a great example through your forgiveness and leadership. The world has lost a truly great statesman.

  78. Catherine Papilon

    In memory to Mr. Nelson Mandela:

    What a great life and a great accomplishment, that contributed to open the doors of the start of a new life, where all men from different colors could finally leave in peace together on earth.

  79. Luis Alberto Saldarriaga Ladino

    A great man Nelson Mandela, the world needs more eternal in time men like him.

  80. JESUS MENDOZA

    MADIBA TUS ENSEÑANZAS QUEDARAN HASTA EL FIN DE LOS TIEMPOS, DIOS SOLO NECESITABA UN ANGEL MAS PARA INMORTALIZAR.. Q.E.P.D.

  81. Stephanie Yepes

    Nelson Mandela was one of the Greatest leader around the world, his life and example has left so many lessons and examples to build a better world!

  82. Edward

    Now, you can inspire us or all the people around the world, from the heaven, blessing us.
    Now we have your memories and you are part of the history now, thank you so much for make the world a better place.

  83. Paula Romero

    Querido Mandela, para mi siempre un héroe, no sabes cuanta falta harás en este mundo, en el cual por muchos años, guiaste hacia la libertad, y siempre encaminado con un buen liderazgo! gracias, gracias por tan buenas acciones… eres un Ángel que esta cerca de nuestro señor ahora… Descansa en paz… has dejado tu GRAN LEGADO!

  84. María Cristina Ortuño

    Gran pérdida para la humanidad. después de nuestro Libertador Simón Bolivar es Mandela a quien se le otorga en la época moderna tal distinción como LIbertador. fue gran luchador en contra del aparheid en Africa. Su pensamiento quedará como gran legado para las generaciones venideras.

  85. Manuel de Quintana Morales

    Madiba vivirá en mi memoria e intentaré seguir su ejemplo y hablaré de él y de sus actos y sus pensamientos.

  86. juan csernath

    No hay oscuridad para el alma que siempre ha vivido en la luz.

    Paz.

    Juan Csernath/Caracas/Venezuela

  87. Dave Green

    What amazed me about Nelson Mandela was that a man who had been wrongly imprisoned for decades could show such lack of anger. To have suffered in the way he did, and to then show such forgiveness and compassion towards his oppressors was the mark of a truly wonderful human being. The whole world will miss him.

  88. Chukwuma Okonkwo

    Nelson Mandela had a spirit akin to an in-combustible coal; he was an indestructible mold of his kind. Mandela dared history; he transformed human race into a symbol that is held precious by everyone today.

    There can never be any better way to describe Madiba. For me, describing him as the greatest man of my time is a mere scratch on the surface of his personality. He has left imprints of his shades on the sand of posterity. His model of leadership- leading from behind- leaves an inexpungible stamp in the history of mankind. Posterity will always know Madiba crossed this path.

    I have only met Madiba in books and legends. Of all the people I have met through books and legends Madiba stands out like a beacon in the stormy azure sea. His strongly desirous and autobiographical work, Long Walk to Freedom, written by him and published in 1995 by Little Brown and Co., was my source of inspiration during my days at graduate school in England. One of the greatest things about Madiba that inspired me was that his human nature extended to the core of man’s essence on earth; his loving heart for the poor and destitute was exceptional. He never failed to extend his heartfelt wishes to the entire humanity in respective of race, religion, and sexual orientation.

    You do not need to be around him before you witness his endearing aura. Madiba was a cynosure (he is still and will always be); his endearing aura is comparable to none. He was the old archetype of probity, universal morality, sacrifice, humility, social justice, and struggle: he played to the hilt. He will continue to be my favorite teacher and leader!!

    Good night Madiba; Adieu Mandela.

  89. Nohemy velez

    Mandela, vivirás en la memoria del mundo, serás eterno.
    Te recordaremos como el hombre que nos enseño, con su ejemplo,a perdonar.
    Paz en su tumba.

  90. Bivian

    El mundo entero reconoce el enorme valor de este “Gran Señor” con todas las letras, un ser rhumano como pocos en existen. La luz que deja no dejará de brillar nunca y será la inspiración para otros que comienzan el camino. Su mirada, su humildad y la fortaleza en sus convicciones, en su creer de que todos podemos ser mejores nos hace pensar que es posible vivir en armonía con el otro. Descansa en paz Mandela, alcanzaste tu propósito, hacer de este mundo un lugar mejor…

  91. Michael Emmanuel

    He was an extra-ordinary man with an ordinary touch,the world is very poor in his absence ,He was a man of the principles,a life well live dedicated to the cause of humanity as an African i yearn for the day we will have another Mandela but the truth is we will never ever have one ,as there is no one like him and the best we can do to honour him is to live like he did and hold strongly his values of compassion,love and forgiveness.

    Mandela is the world icon and i will greatly miss him,as a foreign national residing and working in South Africa i owe all the successes that i have here to Nelson Mandela for without him South Africa would not have been kinder to allow me and my folks to reside here when we had problems in Zimbabwe,it is through his compassion that the spirit of ubuntu prevailed and we were welcomed.

    Mandela is the world’s greatest and i wish we all can live The Mandela Way.

  92. Meg T

    Tata Madiba,

    From a small white girl in America…you saved my life by saving those of so many. When the tears stop falling and the heart is lighter with the understanding that you’re where you’ve wanted to be for so long, we will remember that it was you who challenged us to “inspire ourselves to greatness” and will use your work as inspiration to keep going.

    Thank you for touching my life.

  93. Bernadette Derry

    Such a wonderful man. We can and should learn his example of forgiveness and kindness. There will never be in my lifetime another person like him. God Bless you Mr Mandela.

  94. diego leon

    Difícil que la historia humana vuelva a tener un hombre de la talla y el talante como Nelson Mandela… Hoy la humanidad perdió a un GRAN hombre….
    Diego

  95. liseth katherine soto torres

    Que Dios lo tenga eb su gloria. Gracias por luchar por la libertad e igualdad. Dejaste un gran legado

  96. Judith g

    Merci. thank you. That the world may live up to your dreams. That the world’s youth will lead is to becoming a kinder and more caring people.

  97. Ahmed Raja

    I may not have had the privilege of meeting you. . .
    I was not old enough to remember you as President.
    Yes, I am unfortunate for I was too young to enjoy your leadership completely.
    However, your actions have defined the life that My family and I are able to live.
    MADIBA, You have guided us towards Freedom!
    For that We should be eternally grateful. And so long as we protect our democracy, You will live on in all of us!
    Long Live the Legacy of Rolihlahla Mandela!

  98. Yvonne Barrett

    There will be no other man like you; you have and have made history, now you you are free; God Bless you, rest in peace !

  99. Ian Paul

    Rest in Peace Mr Mandela – Madiba, let his legacy be the rainbow nation of peace and reconciliation.
    Ian Paul, York, England

  100. Vignesh Loganathan

    Dear Sir,
    You may have be taken away from us, the world, physically but in the heart of humanity u still dwell as a Hero of Love, Justice, Compassion, Equality, and what ever good words of the mankind. Your soul rests with us . We well know that Peace in the World would give you Peace.

  101. Maggie Guillon

    An inevitable but no less traumatic loss for the world. A great man who will be remembered and honoured for all time.

  102. Helen Lawrance

    Nelson Mandela you were one of my biggest heroes when I was a child, and you still are. I remember hearing of your struggles in the news and from my parents, and then I went to study more about it at Birmingham University where I did African Studies. I remember these studies turned my brain inside out and a great truth was revealed to me. I discovered what colonialism really meant, what its legacy was. I learnt more about how white people were able to view black people as savages. I was so disgusted with the way my Europe has treated Africa and it’s people. You were a mighty beacon of hope. You worked tirelessly and have showed no bitterness. You did not get tempted by corruption. Thank you forever for what you have done on this Earth. I am very sad to hear of your passing and wish you an eternal, peaceful rest. With love!

  103. Karenne

    Our world is a far better place because of Nelson Mandela. A man of great character. His love for his nation and his forgiveness is inspirational.

  104. Natalie

    We have lost our hero, our teacher, our leader, our mentor, our father of our rainbow nation. An angel sent to remind us of what love, courage, justice and democracy stands for. Nelson Mandela has been my personal hero and I have applied his teachings to my life. I am truly sad that we no longer have him with us but it was time for him to join the rest of the angels in heaven. We, South Africans of all colour are his rainbow nation, we have to continue to walk in his footsteps and work together as a nation. We have to forget the past and become one team, working to better all equally and fairly. We are all unique, have different skin colour and different cultures but we all want peace, respect, love and democracy. We have to live by what he has taught us, change starts with Forgiveness. Lets us forget and start today now for that is what he wanted. We are his rainbow nation, South Africa and the World. I will cherise him always. RIP Tata Madiba, Father of our Nation

  105. Deborah Renaud

    Rest in peace Nelson. You have shown us what it is to live a life of integrity, love and peace. You have demonstrated how powerful these qualities are. What a different world we would have if there were just hundreds, or even thousands, more like you! You have lived life well and have shown the way. God bless Deb x

  106. Sarah Park

    A truly inspirational hero and fighter. The world has lost a great man and a great leader. The world mourns his passing but celebrates in his legacy and achievements. Nelson Mandela will not be forgotten.

  107. Patimass Seu

    Mr. Mandela,
    You are an inspirational man all the good you have shown will last for generations.You will always be in are hearts because you truly loved everyone

  108. Tim and Mart Japing

    South Africa has lost her founding father. I sincerely hope and wish that his integrity and his ability to step over bounaries will be an inspiration and a duty for politicians and people alike.
    All my best wishes to the people of the Rainbow Nation.

  109. Andre Everett

    Im lost for the words to express how much I admire Nelson Mandela. In the 80’s I wear a button that said Free Mandela. In 1990 I lined through the word Free. I will devote time to learn of Mandela and try to live by his beliefs and love other humans

  110. Sharon Yankelson

    He has taught us the true meaning of forgiveness-a lesson we must pass on to our children & our children’s children. I wish his family long life. SY

  111. Veronica S. Fawcett

    So much has been learned from this strong, brave man.Makes me wonder who is left to share the wisdom and knowledge that has sadly gone with his passing. May we never forget what you have done for humanity and may I never forget the conviction and compassion you spoke of and with while in Toronto in 1998. Still a moving experience for me to this day and forever. You will always be the greatest world leader who other world leaders should learn from! R.I.P

  112. Dr Lionel Bopage

    Madiba dedicated his life to the cause of global humanity: justice, freedom and human rights. He cherished and lived his life for the ideals of democracy, where people can enjoy equity of opportunity so that they could live harmoniously in unity. He was prepared to die for this cause. Those who praise him, and those who value his life experiences need to learn from those living experiences and continue to follow through his ideals for the betterment of the global humanity.

  113. Narayan

    Charity begins at home. UN talks loudly about human right and preaches everyone everywhere in the world. It does not follows itself, a UN professional staff was deprived from human right, staff right. A UN professional staff was/is exploited, tortured, discriminated in application of rules by a UN office head, in a UN humanitarian office. Repeated appeals and pleas to the heads (two executive directors between 2007 to 2011) of the organization fell into deaf ears. Let the soul of Mandela and god punish them for their inhuman activities as no one can do anything to provide justice to a victim in a UN organization.

  114. Jill Fuller

    Your work is done, Father. May you rest in peace. And may all your children live your legacy as passionately and as wisely as you lived your life. BLessup, Madiba! One love!

  115. Joseph and Christine Reynolds

    The world has lost a great leader. We are grieving his loss with you. We may not see him anymore, but he will never be forgotten.

  116. Boujard

    A determination to live as Madiba has lived, to strive as Madiba has strived and to not rest until his vision of a truly united South Africa, a peaceful and prosperous Africa, and a better world are realized. Africa will celebrate his life to preserve his legacy. Madiba taught South Africa to unite and believe in themselves and each other.
    May His Soul Rest in Peace.

  117. Carol Crocker

    Dear Nelson Mandela.
    Your being here on earth has made a wonderful difference to our whole world. Many are mourning and celebrating you at the same time. Your spirit will be carried in our hearts forever. Thank you for helping us get in touch with our own vulnerabilities and strengths. Your beautiful heart will remain a moral compass for all and your legacy will continue through others. Condolences to your family, friends, and all of us global citizens.
    Carol Crocker
    Brampton, ON
    Canada

  118. Anne Dorris

    What a sad day.
    The world lost a great human being, a real hero!
    A man who gave 150% of himself to a cause he believed in.
    He will be missed…..

    Anne Dorris
    Québec, Canada

  119. Sokchea Lim

    He is a true hero. His words and actions have touched people of all walks of life. His sacrifice for freedom and unity of all man kinds is enormous and the path he chose to walk and guided others to follow is clear that it is the path for all to peace and harmony. His death is a huge loss for us all but his legacy will stay on and as a reminder to us all we must learn to live together. RIP

  120. katherine

    I am so grateful to have lived in your time Nelson Mandela. You have been an inspiration my whole adult life. You truly changed the world. Rest with the Angels.

  121. Carol Gover

    Nelson Mandela has been, and will continue to be, like a lighthouse beacon, for people that work to help improve the lives of people, that are suppressed by those peoples who would have them remain so. What endears me about this man is that he wanted all peoples to live as equals.

  122. Migos Omounde

    RIP Madiba for the long ardous journey you treaded to bring apartheid to an end bore fruit.You have only taken a rest,you are always with us.

  123. maniram mukherjee from india

    Wold will take lesson from his work & from his speech.So he is not belong to a particular family,not a single country.So it is a loss of every single country to every single family.

  124. maniram mukherjee

    Wold will take lesson from his work & speech.So he is not belong to a particular family,not a single country.So it is a loss of every single country to every single family.

  125. maniram mukherjee

    World will take lesson from his work & from his speech.So he is not belong to a particular family,not a single country.So it is a loss of every single country to every single family.

  126. Abdulkadir Mussa

    Madiba, your legacy will be remembered for Ever. You have inspiried the Whole World. RIP.

  127. Boaz Nyaberi

    I salute the father of african nations. I met him at pretoria university where he presented me with a degree in Information technology Degree and Masters degree

  128. Gabriella Nyhäll

    It’s a new morning. A new day. Laying in my bed. Tears on my cheak. I’m afraid. Mr Mandela what shall we do now? The world needs leadership. Your Leadership. Now it’s up to all of us. Everyone, everybody. We must continue. Everyday all over the world. Together. All your efforts should continue. We have a responsibility. In respect for your efforts we will continue. Never ever stop. Madiba, Thank you. Your hope is my hope. Rest in Peace.

  129. Rizkia Anjani

    I was born just in the end of 20th century. When Mr. Mandela was inaugurated to be the first democratic-elected president of South Africa, I was 3 years old. As a very young child, I knew nothing about Mr. Mandela until my father told me about who he actually is. A figure with a profound passion in shifting people’s point of view towards how we are supposed to see this life in terms of equality. We cannot choose where we want to be born in, yet the race we prefer to belong to, OR whether we should have been born as Black, White or other existing colors in human race. It’s our fate. Should race impede our capacity and capability? Should skin colors determine our opportunity in having better future and more importantly contributing for the goodness of human race?
    I painstakingly answer: NO. And I guess Mr. Mandela will think the same way.

    We may be have lost Mr. Mandela, but we cannot give up preserving his spirit in terms of freedom and equality :)

    We will always remember your struggle, Mr. Mandela !

  130. Ravololondramiarana

    Quel grand homme, quelle humilité et quelle intelligence. Si les dirigeants actuels étaient capables d’avoir ne serait ce qu’un dixieème de sa qualité, que le monde serait meilleur. Nelson Mandela, Merci.

  131. Suzanne "Zac" Faelnar

    The most brilliant of stars that shines in the darkest of nights;
    The most unshakable and immovable of mountains that remains standing tall;
    The most powerful beacon of light that brings hope to a burdened people;
    The most profound and inspirational of minds that brings humility to humankind;
    The heart that beats as one with a nation; The soul that dives so deep for their sake;
    The spirit that sours so freely among a troubled and shackled people of the world.
    Rise higher than the heavens! Smile warmer than the sun!
    May our tears of love and gratitude reach you in your rightful place of eternal rest and peace.
    Thank you, Nelson “MADIBA” Mandela!

  132. Trudy Begg

    2 people have made a profound impact on this world Ghandi and Mandela, both of these men were selfless and taught the world what can b e achieved peacefully. They should be cloned so we may all live our short lives in peace and love.

  133. sven hildebrandt

    Nicht nur Südafrika sondern die Welt hat den wohl größten Helden unserer Zeit verloren.

    Danke Madiba

  134. Grazyna Malgorzata Mamaj

    Odszedl jeden z najwspanialszych wspolczesnych. Rest in Peace kochany Nelson Mandela. Wyrazy glebokiego wspolczucia dla Rodziny, bliskich, przyjaciol i wszystkich, ktorzy Go kochali i podziwiali.

  135. Francisco Balao de los Ríos

    No te olvidaremos. Has sido un luchador incansable contra el racismo y siempre serás un ejemplo para los que creemos en una cultura de paz.

  136. Frances Devlin

    If everyone could only have a drop of your wisdom, the world would be a much safer and better place. Rest In Peace Nelson Mandela

  137. Knut Ostby

    A great statesman has left us. He showed us how greatness can emerge from personal ideals and from believing in what is right. He showed us how true greatness can prevail against all odds and against pettiness on all sides. The world is poorer now that Nelson Mandela is no longer with us. But we should try our best to live on in his spirit. We can not be Nelson Mandela, but we can all contribute something.

  138. Maria Howard

    My father taught me that all people are equal regardless of colour, race or creed so I rejoiced when arpatheid ended but feared a bloodbath. Nelson Mandela had to live within that dreadful regime and was imprisoned by it yet preached peace and reconciliation. Present day South Africa is a tribute to his beliefs and leadership.
    Sincere condolences to all who mourn him. Farewell, Mr Mandela, rest in peace.
    Maria, Thuir, France.

  139. Thuku Samuel Muthee

    You were my hero. You still remain so in death. I wanted to name my second son Nelson, the first is called Dedan, after Dedan Kimathi, the hero of Kenya. But we got a beautiful girl named Catherine. Her elder sister , Theresa, still asks for Nelson Mandela. Not possible because my wife already has 3 ceasarians. I wish i could.

    To me, you are in the class of the following: the many unsung heroes of in our villages; Bapu Mahatma Gandhji; and Mother Theresa of Calcuta. You always lit my fire for freedom, rights, justice and equality for all. You remain a great being….i will ever be proud to say that i lived on this planet at the same time as you. You are a father to me forever.

    Now another light has shone for you. Isnt it great and blight? You are free. Freedom came. Such a great soul. Its the way for us all. But we wish you had stayed here a little more. The history of humanity will never be complete without ypu. Thats how great you are!

    I accept you have exited. You deserved it after the long walk. But i have put your image facing a light (with your signature smile) on the screen of my phone. For 1yr from now, i will see you everyday! Then i will let go. Its my only way of honoring you my hero..

    Fare thee well my father. We will all miss you. Thanks for all you did for us. God grant you peace unknown. Bye till we meet.

    One of your many sons and daughters.
    S M Thuku. Kenya.

  140. Leanne Tobias

    Nelson Mandela is a hero for the ages. Mandela exemplifies the best of transformative leadership in advancing the cause of human dignity and freedom. The world has lost a great statesman. I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Mandela’s family, friends and colleagues, and to the people of South Africa, and join them in mourning Mr. Mandela’s passing and in celebrating his life and legacy.

    Leanne Tobias
    Bethesda, MD
    USA

  141. Judith Campbell

    In a world of prejudice and hate you gave us courage, strength and hope
    For a better future. We will truly miss your wisdom and spirit of love.
    May God keep you always in his loving care and comfort your family and
    The world as we mourn and celebrate a life lived in service to God and mankind.
    Love the Campbell Family, Canada.

  142. Just me

    A man I consider to be one of the greatest from the present along with all from history has passed. This however is not a tragic loss, if one considers that he will certainly be welcomed into the kingdom of heaven by the Lord. I salute both the man and the legacy he leaves behind.

  143. Elkin D Dávila Grajales

    Se ha perdido la orientación viva del lider más importante en la historia de la humanidad del siglo XX y principios del XXI: Inclaudicable ante la opresión, la tiranía llegando incluso a impulsar la lucha armada para alcanzar la libertad de su pueblo.Por ello su mensaje se mantendrá en la historia.

  144. Ulf Jarnefjord

    Din gärning och minne kommer alltid att följa oss i både glädje och sorg.
    Vila i frid Madiba
    Amandla!

  145. Rachel May

    What did Nelson Mandela teach you?
    He showed me that no matter what life throws at you or how people treat you, it is only you who determines whether you are bitter and resentful or live your life with dignity and grace.
    Never forgetting your ideals, honour and integrity but also forgiving others.
    It is almost inhuman exactly how well he managed to do that after suffering such hatred and racism. The love and peace he spread must surely come back to him.
    My kids are 4 and 6 and they have known for a long time who Nelson Mandela is and what he stands for. Not just a man but the very best he could be.
    Never forget the lessons this man taught the world.

  146. Mahfuja Parven

    Greetings.To so many of us ,he was more than just a man-he was a symbol of the struggle for justice ,equality and dignity in South Africa and around the Globe.Mandela made it clear that- we did not have to accept the world as it is -that we could do our part to seek the world as it should be.Together we can make the difference- today when i sliced my cauliflower,potatoes next saw one deaf n dumb working people with huge gourd leafy vegetables- i helped next seeing other also means Nelson Mandela somehow inspired together work commitment!Rest in Peace dear honorable Nelson Madella- we never forget your greatness! Greetings,thanks,peace,love n Best Regards from Bangladesh.

  147. Zephaniah Nyambaka

    R.I.P, your exemplary trait is an unimaginable across Africa. We need more of your character across the world.

  148. Nauzer Taraporvala

    Rest In peace Madiba, the Likes Of You Will Not Be Seen On Earth For A Long Time To Come.
    May All Your UnFinished Work Be Completed By Your Devine Intervention.

  149. Steve Brittain

    A man who was loved by a whole nation; and beyond. He will live on as he has truly made his mark in history.

  150. Jaspreet Pandhal

    A true visionary, humanitarian, inspiration, force, believer and the truest, purest form of what we should aim to believe, be and achieve as human beings. One love, one world, forgiveness and progress. God bless you and thank you for inspiring me to try to live my life to it’s fullest potential. X

  151. Kamel Romdhani

    Thanks Nelson, without you we could still be in slavery! I will meet you soon even if I will reach 100 years!! Big kisses….. Kamel

  152. kaouther Bizani Zamouri

    My love and sympathy go out to South Africa and the entire world for the lost of the Universal Activist “Nelson Mandela”. Kaouther dom Tunisia

  153. kaouther Bizani Zamouri

    My love and sympathy go out to South Africa and the entire world for the lost of the Universal Activist Nelson Mandela.

  154. Ghorch Sfar Samia

    Je tiens à présenter mes sincères condoléances à la Grande Famille du Grand Leader Nelson Mandela, mes condoléances les affectueuses au peuple de l’Afrique du Sud La Perte de cette grande personnalité m’a peiné et marqué, c’est mon idole c’est l’homme le plus humain et le plus tolérant. Ses principes et ses valeurs sont universels et il était, il est et il sera la source d’inspiration de beaucoup de personnes. Je n’oublierai jamais ses mots “Le pardon libère l’âme, il fait disparaître la peur.
    C’est pourquoi le pardon est une arme si puissante.” Oui, il est grand,.
    Adieu MADIBA Adieu MADIBA mais je ne t’oublierai jamais jamais. Que dieu le tout puissant t’accorde sa miséricorde et t’accueille dans son éternel paradis.

  155. Rene Leeuwen

    Thanks for all the good things you did in your life
    May you rest in peace thats what you deserve.
    You where a great leader and a wonderfull man.
    Wish you all the best where you are going now.
    Again thanks

    René

  156. Hafedh Ben Miled

    Dear mentor,
    Your will always inspire us. Your thoughts are planted deep inside us.
    May your soul rest in peace!!!

  157. Eppi Sukhu

    My sincere pranam and deepest thanks for sharing so much of yourself with the world. May you rest in peace.

  158. Tunde Ola Sanyaolu

    Nelson Mandela, a great man with a clear vision and an unfailing courage nurtured by a deep sincerity. The aroma of the fragrance of his life will forever be perceived. Madiba lives on. – Tunde Ola Sanyaolu.

  159. Ashante Jasson

    Thank you Madiba for all your sacrifices, thank you for fighting for our freedom. RIP Tata. Condolences to the Mandela family and friends

  160. Paul Whelan

    Nelson Mandela was a man beyond works, a statesman beyond politics and the only true icon of the 21st Century.

  161. Karen Peach-Jones

    The world has said goodbye to a truly beautiful man. His greatness was in his humanity. My heart is so deeply saddened and yet the legacy this amazing man left is chiseled into the rocks of time and will never be forgotten.

  162. Felicien KIMUNI

    I am from Democratic Republic of Congo. Peace for Nelson Mandela.
    I remember from President Nelson,He say : “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.”

    R.I.P President Nelson Mandela.

  163. Darren Sullivan

    The greatest of men. May your light shine on us from heaven.
    Rest in peace

    Darren
    Sunderland
    UK

  164. Hope Kabamba

    To all Africans and South African, we have lost a father who has inspired so many people from different racial groups. your works will still linger in so many people’s hearts and may your soul rest in peace. What do people carry to their graves? Nothing but what is important is the works that they leave behind.
    Well done Tate Mandela, well done!

  165. Everton

    To a great African hero revolutionary
    Your work works will never die . As a child I saw the injustice, the suffering , of your nation. I saw
    the victory of good over evil that you and your comrades won for your nation.
    Dada Mandela your work here is done.

  166. Dr. Adrijano Schwab

    I am expressing my own and our family’s deepest condolence to the close relatives of Nelson Mandela as well as to the nation of South Africa at the occasion of his death. Nelson Mandela was an extraordinary leader and man of many capabilities. It is always a great loss when humans of such capacities pass away.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Adrijano Schwab
    (our PC was broken down temprorarily)

  167. Nathan Swartz

    Dear Mandela Family

    “Throughout the ages people have came and gone,some not even leaving a name behind”…–Nelson Mandela

    I want to pay my deepest condolences to the Mandela family on the loss of Tata Madiba,this is one of his quotes that changed my life and gave me as a South African youth hope in who I am, and that we all have potential to leave a legacy that can create footprints of change throughout the world…

    The world pays tribute to a legacy not forgotten
    A fire unquenched
    A dream given life
    His vision now lives in our hearts and reflected in our daily lives.
    His character became our nation’s identity.
    May God bring you strength and peace in your time of sorrow.

    South Africa,the rainbow nation made possible by his courage,the father of the nation.
    He took the long walk to freedom,dedicated his life for others.Tata Madiba has brought love and joy to children all over the world,given hope to young and old of a brighter future.

    Let us remember him as
    A noble father,loving husband, a champion freedom fighter, a inspiring visionary, a true hero.
    His legacy will always live on…
    In the minds and hearts of all South Africans and the world.

    May his soul rest in peace, and his memories live on forever.

    Nathan Swartz
    (South African Youth Ambassador currently on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program in USA)

  168. Maria McDonnell

    Thoughts with the Mandea family, an icon of our time – an amazing man who accomplished the impossible and freed a country with love, forgiveness and ended apartheid – May he rest in peace and know he will never be forgotten. I hope & I pray that South Africa moves forward to become the country it can be based on the values and principles Nelson Mandela gave it.

  169. Melinda Rooke

    Dearest One, RIP, Thank you, gentle grandfather, for leading the way to peace and light… a path we will all follow in your giant footsteps!

  170. Paari Senthil Kumar

    Sir ! You are the perfect example of “Human Being” You life is an open book to all of us, you thought us how to fight, with voice. After Gandhiji left his place vacant, you replaced him by considering as your role model, to bring a social balance in the society. Not only in SA, but throughout this world, there are numerous social imbalance and discrimination are taking place. That too in some places with the support of Politicians and people in the most powerful state. Reasonably, you are the dedicated role model to all of us, in showing the purpose of this humanity and why does we need to love others. Your sad dismiss is very shocking, and it is very hard to replace you. You patience, strong heart, anger to free your people, foreign co-operation, social building, environmental development, hard working, love to fight against discrimination, makes everybody to love you throughput this world. You are one of the excellent human, who lived in this world. may your soul rest in peace.

  171. Sadiq Dankano

    In death, the world celebrates the LIFE of Mandela, a leader par excellence. It should and must be a lesson to all leaders in the continent. May his exemplary life touch the hearts of our leaders!

  172. Kirsten Walters

    Tata Madiba…the man who taught the world to love. A man whose memory will live on forever in our hearts. Your brilliant, genuine smile, your outstretched hand to anyone in need, your undying love for children…just a few of your wonderful attributes that will be so dearly missed. I am so lucky to have lived in your time. Thank you Tata Madiba!!! We will miss you!!

    All our Love
    Kirsten, Yasmin, Dylan and Josh

  173. Romy Naidoo

    It saddens me to know that one of my biggest regrets will be to not have met my Hero, but I take comfort in living in the free South Africa he fought so hard to save… R.I.P hambe khahle Tata.

  174. Roger Williams

    I have not felt a loss like this since losing my own father. A real hero has died. An inspirational light from which the entire world was able to feel and share in the warmth and love of true humanity. He will live in our hearts always. Gone is the greatest man to live in my lifetime

  175. Vun

    wow, what a life you’ve led
    a life of no hate
    wow, strong you must’ve been so
    to let all wrongs go
    can’t b’lieve I won’t see you
    ’round ‘n’ ’bout no more
    rest in peace!

  176. Egbujionuma Michael

    When I was very much a kid growing up in Nigeria, I remembered asking my mum ‘is this man the President of Nigeria? ‘ My mama replied ‘no his a great man of Africa who is to change many things’. Since then whenever I see Nelson Mandela’s picture I quickly associate him with greatness.
    Madiba you are an epitome of greatness and symbol of change and altruism. For us the living, we can in our various calling be Madiba, let’s us all look into ourselves and bring out the Madiba in us..Madiba is in you!!! #Madibaisinyou

  177. Albert Romkes

    Urk, the Netherlands, 8-12-2013

    For Mandela Family, please accept my condolences with the loss of mr. Nelson Mandela.
    He was a peacefull man and a example for everybody in the world.

  178. Grace Okeng

    Nelson Mandela was God-sent servant to the world with a message of love, peace, compassion and tolerance. Though he belongs to the ages now, he still lives in our hearts and guides us by his values and aspirations. He is now back home and we thank God for lending him to us for 95 years. RIP.

  179. Albert Romkes

    Urk, the Netherlands, 8-12-2013

    For the Mandela Family,
    Please accept my Condolences with the loss of Mr. Nelson Mandela.
    He was a Peacefull man and a example for everybody in the world.

    Albert Romkes, Urk, the Netherlands.

  180. Michael Sutton

    You taught the world that all peoples are equal and are all due the same respect and freedom. Having set Mankind on the long road to reconciliation and peace it is time for you to rest and the rest of Mankind to carry your ideals forward.

    The Lord has taken you into his arms now.

    Rest peacefully Tata

  181. Ute Buerkle

    Your legacy will stay with us forever and the lessons we have learned through you will help us to keep on working to make the world a better place in true spirit of peace, love, compassion and reconciliation. Rest in peace, you deserve the peace – we envy the angels who dance with you now .

  182. Emmanuel Mark

    Thanks for enduring all this sufferings for us mankind Inorder to make this planet a habitable place where mankind can hold his head up and walk in divinity.
    Thanks again.
    Emmanuel Mark, Basel, Switzerland

  183. Prince John Moses Jammeh

    Papa Madiba, you were a Blessing to world Peace by shinning the touch of Truth and humility . You did your Duty on Earth with a clear Conscience . Live on Baba,…

  184. RASD

    بير لحلو, 5 ديسمبر 2013
    تلقينا ببالغ من الحزن و الأسى خبر وفاة الزعيم المناضل نيلسون مانديلا يوم الخميس الماضي.
    باسم حكومة وشعب الجمهورية العربية الصحراوية الديمقراطية نقدم تعازينا الحارة و تعاطفنا الكامل مع شعب جمهورية جنوب أفريقيا الشقيقة ومع عائلة الفقيد إثر هذا المصاب الجلل.
    لم يكن القائد نيلسون مانديلا ابنا عظيما لجنوب افريقيا فحسب بل كان ابنا عظيما لكل افريقيا و العالم أجمع. ولأنه لا ينتمي الى جنوب افريقيا فقط فإن العالم هو اليوم في حداد على رجل قضى ثلث عمره داخل السجون مناضلا بشجاعة وإقدام من أجل تخليص شعبه من عهد العنصرية المظلم ومن قمع نظام الابارتايد. وخلال فترة توليه منصب رئيس جنوب أفريقيا, لم يدخر أي جهد في التصدي لإرث الفصل العنصري وذلك بمواجهة جميع أشكال العنصرية و الفقر و اللامساواة وتعزيز السلام و المصالحة و العدالة الاجتماعية. و نتيجة لنضاله السلمي و قيادته النموذجية، نال جائزة نوبل للسلام سنة 1993 اعترافا بدوره المحوري في قيادة التحول السلمي للحكم في جنوب أفريقيا و التي أدت الى تغيرات كبيرة في المجال السياسي و الاقتصادي ة كذا في المشهد الاجتماعي للبلد.
    و سيتذكر العالم نيلسون مانديلا ليس فقط بأنه عظيم شعبه و أول رئيس لجمهورية جنوب أفريقيا الحرة و لكن أيضا منارة للأمل و مصدر إلهام كبير لكل شعوب العالم في نضالها ضد القمع و الاستبداد. إن مقاومته للأبارتايد طوال حياته و رحلته الرمزية من غياهب السجون الى سدة الحكم في جنوب أفريقيا أظهرت للعالم أنه مهما كانت وحشية القمع الاستعماري فإن إرادة الشعب المظلوم ستكون لها الغلبة في نهاية المطاف.
    إن الشعب الصحراوي الذي مازال يناضل من أجل نيل حريته و استقلاله يشاطر اليوم العالم كله في الحداد على أحد رجالات الدولة الأكثر شعبية و تبجيلا في القرن العشرين.
    و قد قال الراحل مانديلا ذات مرة: ” حينما يقدم الشخص ما يعتبره واجبا لشعبه و لوطنه فإنه يستطيع أن يبقى دائما في سلام”. وبالفعل فقد قام مانديلا بواجبه و بمهمته اتجاه شعبه واللإنسانية بصفة عامة ولذلك سوف يرقد في سلام الى الأبد.
    محمد عبد العزيز
    رئيس الجمهورية العربية الصحراوية الديمقراطية
    الأمين العام لجبهة البولسياريو.

  185. Gloria Langridge

    I send my sincere condolences and love, from the other side of the world, to the family and friends of Nelson Mandela and to the people of South Africa, following his passing. He has been a shining light and inspiration throughout my life and I feel humbled and privileged to have lived during his lifetime and to have witnessed South Africa’s victory over apartheid.
    May God keep Madiba and may he continue to make his presence felt in the world!

  186. Michael Benbow

    Mandela. Your name itself inspires so many and for me you will always be a true example of what humanity at it’s best is capable of. You were not perfect but you were a man who did what you could.

  187. Gloria Langridge

    Michael,

    Thank you for reminding us that we have the power to bring out the Madiba in us; something to treasure in our loss!

    With love,
    Gloria (London)

  188. Tunde Ola Sanyaolu

    Nelson Mandela : A man of a clear vision and an unfailing courage nurtured by a deep sincerity. The fragrance of your life will forever be perceived. Madiba lives on. – Tunde Ola Sanyaolu.

  189. Frans ShiimiTaapopi

    He was a great man, son of Africa.
    Man Of peace, we will never forget what he showed us that together we can.
    May His Soul Rest In Eternal peace.

  190. Martha Molefe

    May your soul be blessed, rest in peace Tata. We owe it to you to carry on the work you started. We shall complete The Nelson Mandela children’s Hospital and we shall carry on your legacy to our children’s children. Never again shall this nation be oppressed by one on another.
    I pray to God that our leaders be selfless and servants of their people. I pray that we combat violence and inequality in our society. I vow to fight for economic freedom. Qhawe le Sizwe

  191. Samuel Fernández Diekert

    Never before in my life, the passing away of a person I had not met in life, had touched me this deeply.
    Mr. Mandela was a father to the whole world, and we have been left orphans.
    His legacy shall last and guide us in our respective life paths.

  192. Irene Mwakesi

    Rest in peace Tata Madiba. You have trully been the father of Africa and the whole world. You are respected by young and old and even the unborn. May God comfort Mr. Mandela’s family, May God comfort Africa.

  193. Vivian

    Nelson Mandela was a legend and a hero in the 20th Century and in the current one as well. He was a great and respectable man in the world. Everybody, no matter the nation, race, age, and gender, loves him and respects him deeply. May his spirit of selfless serving and sacrifice be carried on by the politicians in every country and eventually eradicate all types of discrimination occurring in the world. May his soul rest in eternal peace!

  194. Veruschka McKay

    I feel ashamed that only in his passing do I come to realise the power and potential within me to live by example as Madiba did, to be an advocate of that which must be right like he was and to include in my daily life, the constant and consistent work towards social justice and equality for all, especially in the field where I can have an impact, namely education. I thank him for his life and his life’s work and will ensure that my children will know that in their mother’s lifetime, we walked the earth in the presence of Love, Grace, Humility and Service to mankind, principles which I must uphold too.
    Now, more than ever, South Africa should be bathed in Light in order to uphold his legacy and perpetuate his teachings. I give thanks for the Light in South Africa.

  195. Aida Robbana

    Mes sinèces condoléances à la famille et aux enfants du défunt.
    Puisse la Tunisie connaître un homme exceptionnel et visionnaire comme celui ci.
    Paix à son âme
    Aida

  196. Viateur Ngiruwonsanga

    Could he inspire African leaders to accept tolerance, democracy and especially those in Sub Saharan countries.
    We will miss you but pray for us to be delivered indeed as you were!
    Hope the South Africans and the entire world will never forget you.

    The Almighty may assure you the eternal rest in peace!

  197. Mimi

    I mourn the huge loss of my greatest Hero of all times. Your work has inspired me and taught me humility, morality and intensified my love for humanity and the freedom of mankind wherever and whenever they might walk the earth. I thank you and will always remember your braveness, determination and beautiful smile .

  198. Clemence Ingabire

    My eldest son William was born on July 18. He bears the nickname Madiba. May your legacy of love, tolerance and justice inspire his life. Thank you. We will never forget you!

  199. Nela Krnic Brkovic

    I will always remember and sincerely admire Your passion, commitment and beleif in better world. My deepest condolences to Your family and humanity as a whole. Thank You.

  200. Abby Ncube

    Gone, but never forgotten. “It always seems impossible until it’s done”. Will forever remember those words. May they enable us to conquer our fears and reach great heights. Rest in eternal peace.

  201. Ndzi Jonathan Budzi

    Dear Madiba,
    You have championed the world and go well without having to look back. But pray for us, as we struggle to meet your aspirations. I hope one day when you look back, then you will give a big smile and say the world has an improved on injustice and individual freedoms. We are proud to celebrate your life. World without end. AMEN
    Jonathan

  202. Alexander da Costa

    To live your life without fear or favour is the greatest contribution one can give to life. Nelson Mandela more or less achieved this and when we talk about Icons in the world he is the benchmark every day anytime. May his soul rest in perpetual peace!

  203. Kadi Kgokolo

    Tata Madiba, your spirit will live forever, your humanity will always prevail. All that you have preached shall not be forgotten. You have done more than enough, more than we could have asked for. As you once said, it is now in our hands…Rest in peace

  204. W.Moses

    A Man truly to be admired. He set a high standard for those who follow. He lived and died for the freedom of his people. A Man who, with his family, suffered much, and forgave much, which could not have been easy to do. A lesson, no doubt, for all to follow. He kept his focus on what he wanted to achieve and won
    even though the cost was great. Never to be forgotten. May he receive his great reward from His Maker – God Bless him-Rest in Peace- Your labours were not in vain. Sincere Condolences to all the family. Our prayers are with you all.

    W.Moses (Australia)

  205. Francis Menge

    Everything has been said, so Rest In Peace Mandela. It feels good to type your name for the first time.

  206. Herchel Clarke

    I would like to take this opportunity to say farewell to one of the greatest legends of all time. May your vision and wisdom continue to inspire the world for the better. RIP Madeba

  207. Eugene

    Dear Madiba,
    You lived a selfless and visionary life for the sake of the future generation and transformed the lives of many people regardless of their nationality and status in society. Your vision, inspiration, humble, inclusive and collective leadership has left a legacy which will never be forgotten. You have been the Martin Luther of South Africa. You struggled against racial segregation and achieved it and transformed South Africa into a free society in which all human beings enjoy full rights and dignity. We shall always remember you Madiba. May your soul rest in eternal peace.

    Blessings,
    Eugene

  208. Mmarona Tabea Dichabe

    Our Father,Our Hero..No words can express how u changed our lives..Your humble and Loving spirit lives in us for alll eternety..May your soul rest in peace Tata..We love you

  209. Caroline Comben

    Thank you for caring about your fellow man. You will be sorely missed. Hopefully your ideals will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

  210. Imad Al-Balhawan

    With deep sorrow, I heard the news of passing Mr. Nilson Mandella. He was a truly loving father and great leader served his country case and without hesitation he spread it to all the humanity. For sure his memories, speeches and thoughts will remain in our minds and soul ever after.

    I am as Syrian citizen, express my deepest condolences to Mr. Mandella’s Family and to all the south Africa people and Government.

  211. Barbara Gonzalez Castillo

    An inspiration to all man kind … your legacy will live forever! Rest in peace…

  212. Barbara Gonzalez Castillo

    An inspiration to all mankind … your legacy will live forever! Rest in peace…

  213. Jacinto José Estrela

    There is no way to think about great African names, without reminding Nelson Mandela. On its own merit, Nelson Mandela has room in the book of the whole humanity’s history, among those to whom our planet owes the most, on sacrifice for freedom and extreme dedication for social justice and progress.
    He was always been and will be a reference, concerning human resistance and endurance, as well as forgiveness and reconciliation, while struggling for the accomplishment of the legitimate dreams of our people. As we wish him to rest in peace, should we tribute eternal respect for this non-avoidable, unforgettable and extraordinary man of the modern history of Africa and the world.
    To his family, the South African people, my thoughts and sentiment at this sorrowful moment of his departure.
    Jacinto Estrela – Praia- Cape Verde

  214. Marisol Gutierrez

    Thank you, Madiba, for so much. To let you go is to hold tighter to the vision of a united South Africa. You led the way; you knew we could. Thank you, Madiba, for showing us how to believe, how to be. Hamba kahle, Tata.

  215. Seun Agbelusi

    As a storyteller, I admire Mandela’s character journey, from an anti-hero to a hero, from a hero to a legend.
    As an African, I admire Mandela’s tenacity and courage to make his dream for Africa come true, I believe those of us left behind will stand on the shoulder of this great legend and take Africa to the next phase.
    As a human, I embrace Mandela’s message of Peace.

    Thank you Madiba Nelson Mandela for coming and living a good example for us.

    Rest In Peace.

  216. Judith

    I’m a 16 year old girl that is totally indebted to uTata Nelson Mandela and all of our other freedom fighters. I’m completely saddened by his passing because it was my dream to meet him one day but I’m comforted to know that he’s resting now. I’ve been watching most of his tributes that have been playing on SABC and with all the people that are coming forward with their personal encounters with uTata it just gets one really emotional. I’m only 16 but I feel so attached, you’d swear I’m an old person. My love and respect for uTata is just way beyond description. His pictures are all heart warming and they just make me crack :( Condolences to the family,friends and those that worked with/for him. My children will know about uTata Nelson Mandela. No doubt about that. Much love.
    Judith F. Mahlangu.

  217. D. Beverley Barnett

    Mr. Mandela was the epitome of grace under pressure, and ably demonstrated how one should live one’s life to maintain standards and values, in an age where compromising values for short-term gains is all too common. He has transitioned and we will miss him, but we thank God for his presence, and salute his life and his example.

  218. Juliana Seleti

    Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a phenominal human being, who in so many ways shared his life with humanity. He taught us so much about life and the greatest lesson which I will aways remember about him is his ability to FORGIVE. He demonstrated the power of forgiveness and lived out its meaning by the way he related to His enemies. It is good that he lived to see some aspects of the freedom that he suffered for throughout his life.May South Africa and the world emulate the human ideals that he stood for. May his soul rest in peace.

  219. Chrislene Naidoo

    Today, as I walked through the streets of Pretoria during my lunch hour, I had such a deep sense of sadness within me to think that the day I dreaded, the passing away of Mr. Mandela has arrived. This sadness that I feel is so deep leaving such a void more than the sadness I felt in December 1995, when I had visited Mr. Mandela’s tiny prison cell on Robben Island. I felt his pain more so when I read his book : “Long Walk to Freedom”, not so long thereafter. I hope and pray that every fellow South African continue to live their lives in peace and harmony, keeping this country, South Africa “UNITED” to enhance all that Mr. Mandela has fought for in the struggle for democracy and freedom for ALL. It was my dream always to meet two people in my lifetime, one is Ms Oprah Winfrey and the other was Mr. Nelson Mandela. Sadly, I will FINALLY get to meet OUR Great Leader this Thursday, however, under such a sad circumstance, as I plan to make my way for the viewing of the Father of our Nation’s body at the Union Buildings with my fellow colleagues. What a very sad day this will be for me as a South African. May God be with Mr. Mandela’s family; friends; relatives; his close commrades who fought with him in the struggle; ALL South African citizens who will feel this great sadness and deep sense of loss, as well as those around the Globe who have had close associations to feel the loss that we feel and not forgetting the lives that he has touched with his mere presence and with such humble interaction, the children of South Africa and around the Globe too. May his Soul rest in peace. Viva to the Father of our Nation, Mr. Nelson Mandela. Sadly missed by ALL.

  220. Fraser Mathieson

    A lot of people are deemed ‘icons of history’, but Nelson Mandela was a true icon and legend. He continued fight never wavered to see black and white South Africans being seen as equal. Although only young when he was released from prison, that day did change the lives of many. He truly was a father of a nation, he not only changed his nation, but also changed the world.

    Nelson Mandela – a man that can be proud of achievements and one that will be remembered for centuries to come. RIP Madiba Mandela

    Fraser
    Stirling, United Kingdom

  221. Tsering Wangay

    Your altruistic thoughts, tolerance and Bodhisattva actions will be a source of inspirations for now and all future generations. I have the faith that whereever you are or will be, there will be light and joy.

  222. NICHOLAS ABAITEY

    As the fundamental truth it is by the grace,kindness and tender mercies of our heavenly father,Jehovah God that we are all enjoying life now and of course for the long life span EX-PRESIDENT NELSON ROHILAHLAH MANDELA who attained the age ninety-five before we heard the news of his death despite his critical health condition and weighty responsibilities of caring for his nuclear family,extended family,the people in his country,the Elders and the international communities.
    It seems each day has always been the opportune time to express our profound gratitude and allegiance to our Supreme Leader,Father and Almighty God who is true
    love,true justice,true power and the origin of all wisdom and of course the giver of every good gift and every perfect present despite the prevailing world crisis i.e. poverty,injustice,discrimination,hatred,violence against women and children and the climatic problems and then earthquakes.
    Hence once again thanks to our Grand Creator Jehovah God for enlightening this modern generation with the perseverance of EX-PRESIDENT NELSON ROHILAHLAH MANDELA of blessed memory now in the face of apathy, discrimination,wickedness and no respect for the rule of law and the fundamental rights.

  223. Annlyn Mc Phie

    May your sacrifices continue to be an inspiration to this generation and the many to come – may your legacy live on.
    Rest in peace, Madiba.

  224. ELH Hallarou

    Hi Mandela!

    It takes a great deal for the biggest Man to fight for the most evident truth : dignity.
    but once the biggest man being makes it, it becames the biggest mystical achievement ever !

    I think you would say “It is most about our weekness rather than me being heroic, so let you be what you should be , normal human being with dignity.”

    Am I right? yes Iam.

    Thank you Tata Madiba

  225. Kayla

    I have been born into a world where that apartheid in South Africa was a period in history, thanks to Mr Mandela. Although I am from Britain I still wholeheartedly admire the struggles of Nelson Mandela. He has changed the world for the better, and while his passing is tragic we must remember all the good and try to incorporate this into our own lives. Let’s end all forms of discrimination globally for good. Let’s remove stigma and taboo surrounding important subjects – such as HIV /AIDS. Let’s make the world a better place in honour of Mr Mandela, a world he can look at from the heavens and be proud of.
    “Blessed are the peacekeepers for they shall be called the children of God “.
    Rest in peace Madiba, good night and God bless.

  226. A .Z.Humayoon Aslamy

    There are couple of times that I have been touched by other people’s death and I must say this occasion is the most difficult one. We all die ultimately but the death someone that you admired and even loved. It defy my ability to say anything worthy of his character or status. He was the symbol of struggle, the leader of a just cause and despite numerous prediction by his opponents that the river of blood will flow in south Africa and there will be massive executions and retribution, look at South Africa now, a beacon of democracy and hope for the African continent and shining example of how one man can change the destiny and course of a country. He could have stayed as president for the rest of his life like Robert Mugabi and other African leaders who loves to cling to power, but he showed by example and served only one term only. I would like to see how many people will attend Mugabi’s funeral, I doubt any.
    As South African preparing to say final goodbye to him, he is missed and loved by all peace loving people of the world. He is not belongs to South Africa he is belong to the more than nsix billion inhabitants of this planet.

  227. Nick Dobson

    Nelson Mandela/ Madiba- you have inspired me for my whole life, and you will always be a inspiration to me. Not only did you help heal the beautiful land that is South Africa, you did it in such an amazing way that destroyed one of the worst institutions in modern history. You were a remarkable man and you will always be the in the spirit of the rainbow nation that you helped create. I know that it was not just you alone, so many others fought and stood up for what was right. Nelson Mandela My hero- Amandla

  228. Bizani Mohamed

    أحر التعازي من مواطن تونسي أعجب وأحب واقتدى بالبطل العالمي نيلسن مانديلا. سأعمل على الحذو بالمبادئ والقيم التي تعلمتها منه ما حييت وسألقنها لأبنائي وأحفادي إن شاء الله

  229. Marc C. Pipkin

    I thank God for a man who dedicated his life so that others could live to be free and to be an example of love. There aren’t many names that go on this list of men and women who gave all so that we can have. It’s truly the love of God that drove Jim to do what he did!

    Rest In Peace as you enter into eternal life!

  230. Ramona Sinclair

    When the Lord asked, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?” you stood up and answered Him, Tata Madiba, and we all heard you. And we can never un-hear your voice, your actions, your heartfelt, soul-driven commitment to the utmost dignity of human life. To have been graced to be on this planet at the same time as you will forever leave an indelible impression on all our lives. And so it is, dearest servant of the Lord. We are grateful; we are eternally and deeply grateful.

  231. Anne Erde

    Dearest Nelson Mandela,
    Your revolutionary fire, your intelligence, your strength, your perseverance, and your warmth inspire us all around the globe. Your work will be continued. Peace and Blessings to you.
    Anne Erde
    U.S.A.

  232. Iréne Södergren

    The world will not be the same …. I wish you where still alive – and healthy, maybe 30 years younger and still the president of South Africa. Rest in peace, you one of the largest men I know!

  233. Kenta Miyama

    My deepest sympathies to the family of Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa.
    K. Miyama, Austria

  234. Dr Yvonne Styles

    Madiba,

    Your humanity is as large as the universe. Your love is as deep as the ocean. Your example as a leader will live on forever and I am grateful to you for all you have given us. Rest now Madiba. I will see you again. Love to you and gratitude to you and your family for your many sacrifices. My deep respect.

  235. Deborah Daley

    I was a racist ignorant white child. I recall being slapped around the face as a tiny child by my father for asking what was wrong with a white women loving a black man after he called her nigger meat. I recall my brother befriending the only black boy in our area regardless to this. I sang your song and jumped up and down with joy singing for your freedom before I knew who you were. I watched with immense fascination when you were released. I didn’t see a hard angry bitter man. I saw the closest human being to a God in leadership yet. I watched someone teach me how to feel ashamed of myself for thinking and feeling discrimination. Mandela, you changed me, you ended my condemnation and started my love. I hope your passing is a long hard message to all the haters. I hope the UK continues to grow in tolerance, I hope Africa does too. Im scared. I don’t want to see Africa fight, commit genocide. I see it everywhere in all countries and I find it so depressing. I don’t fear death, I fear living. I fear it much less and feel so much healing when I think of Nelson Mandela, your Madibu xx God Bless you Mandela, God Bless you Africa, don’t follow Zumas boar killing it will take you to hate, remember Madibus legacy!!!!

  236. Martin Robert Hughes

    Your long hard walk on earth finally ended still our march for human rights and dignity will go on!

  237. Martin Robert Hughes

    Your long hard walk on earth finally ended still our march for human rights and dignity will go on!
    Right on!

  238. Jim and Elizabeth Church

    The world has lost a wonderful person. We need a lot more people like Nelson Mandela in this world. RIP Mr Mandela!

  239. Jim and Elizabeth Church

    The world has lost a wonderful man. We need more people like Nelson Mandela. RIP Mr Mandela!

  240. Marisa Bettencourt Mateus

    À família enlutada os meus mais profundos sentimentos de pesar. Sinto-me previlegiada por ter sido nascida nesta época e poder testemunhar o legado de Nelson Mandela. Para mim e para todos nos, serás sempre o nosso President, motivo de orgulho, razão de admiração; Admiração pela coragem, pela dignidade, pela benevolência. Mandela foi é e será sempre um exemplo a seguir. Descanse em paz.

  241. Lesa R. Walker

    Our lives are like the wind with amazing power to set a beautiful course or destroy it. When we witness a person using his life to move mountains for good in the world, for peace, we have witnessed the majesty of our humanity: Thank you Nelson Mandela!

  242. Osei Mosi carl ANthony Browne

    I want to thank God for sending a person like you to teach us , what it is like to live very humble and how one person can make a vast change in the world. You will forever be missed. Rest in Eternal Pace.

  243. Howard Styles

    Ghandi was before my time, I was too young to appreciate King , God blessed me with Nelson Mandela as an adult. Only once in a lifetime men like Mandela is given to us.

    Love,

    Howard Styles

  244. Jean-Baptiste Rubeya

    Thank you Mr. Mandela for everything from teaching us the lesson of forgiveness, the nullity of adversity, giving back the African continent the sense of pride, the hope for a brighter future and showing the fact that the wisdom and creativity are not exclusive to other continents.

  245. Sam Kahuila

    You are a shining example of perseverance, strength, intelligence, conciliation, and peace. You taught the world to stand up for what is right, and to never give in to injustice and tyranny. May those lessons remain fresh in the minds and heart of all the citizen’s of this planet. Thank you and rest well!

  246. Ulla Westholm

    Om alla människor var som Mandela skulle vår värld se helt annorlunda ut. Ingen ondska, ingen orättvisa och ingen avundsjuka

  247. blaine macdonald

    to the mandela family , my deepest condolences on the world’s humanitarian and i just want you to know that you are not alone because i too lost a very special
    friend from blaine macdonald

  248. Victoria Kumalo-Ben

    I would like to Thank You Mr Nelson Mandela for the lasting impact you made, I am privileged to have lived in such a Historic Era , where I have Felt and Experienced your love , passion and great unselfish giving so we could enjoy the privileges that we enjoy today.
    Victoria Kumalo-Ben.

  249. The South African Muslim Network

    CONDOLENCES | NELSON MANDELA

    The South African Muslim Network (SAMNET) joins all South Africans in mourning the passing of Mr Nelson Mandela, an icon in South Africa and across the world, and an inspiration to so many of us.

    We convey our most sincere condolences to his family, the African National Congress and South Africans at large.

    Madiba left a legacy second to none in the annals of South African history and although his unshakeable passion to eradicate injustice brought him and his family much strife and suffering, he remained steadfast in championing in the cause of the poor, powerless and down-trodden.

    To him justice and equality were indivisible and had to be relentlessly pursued irrespective of race, colour or creed and without fear or favour. Remarkably, he never deviated from the consistent, principled response to injustice and inhumanity throughout his life even when it was politically “incorrect”.

    We can all take solace from the fact that his was a life truly well lived in the service of his fellow beings.

    The best tribute we can give to Madiba would be to emulate many of the principles he stood for, to speak truth to power and to continue to build on his legacy of non- racism and equality for all.

    Dr Faisal Suliman
    Chairperson

  250. Tayeb

    لم أتصور عالم بدون مانديلا، علمتنا كيف نعيش في تسامح وحب وفي عالم أفضل نطمح فيه للازدهار والرقي
    روحك لن تفارقنا سنتحلى بحكمتك وسيبقى عملك ونضالك يلهم اعمالنا وفي كل خطوة نخطوها
    نم في هدوء وسلام

  251. Danièle CHARLET

    A cet être unique, tellement humain. Une nouvelle lumière brillera dans le ciel pour le monde.

  252. Ron Raz

    We are so lucky he lived to be 95, making everyday count in the quest to make the world realize that there is only one race, the human race.

  253. K.A.Gaemers

    With deep respect for what he has done for peace.freedom and reconciliation.

    May he rest in peace!

    With deep condolences for his family.

  254. Tsholofelo Dibob

    We will always miss you for what you have done for South Africans, Africans and world at large.

    MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE

  255. Kim Gill

    Dearest Madiba; thank you for blessing our world with your presence, and for the rich legacy you have left. Thank you also for all the lessons you have taught us, and long may we learn from them and continue your wonderful work!
    My heartfelt condolences to all the Mandela family and loved ones. Love and blessings to you all.
    Kim, Nottingham, UK.

  256. Hafeeza Osman

    Rest in peace Tata Mandela. May your legacy of forgiveness, peace and unity between all people irrespective of colour or creed live on forever.

  257. Ravin Jugdav

    To the Mandela Family and all South Africans: we have lost a great man and the Founding Father of our nation. May he rest in peace and may his beloved family be spared the grief and pain of his passing.
    From the Jugdav Family
    Saudi Arabia/Cape Town.

  258. Christoph Fischer

    Thank you Nelson Mandela, thank your for your testimony. Nobody changed Africa and the world like you, using nothing but the power of will, forgiveness and wisdom. I´m born in 1964 – as a young man, while we danced the Mandela-Concerts in Europe I was aware that it was almost my full lifetime, he was imprisoned. And still he had the strength to move forward and do great change. Today is a sad day for all of us – Nkosi sikel´iAfrika, – Chris from Germany

  259. Sundar Mathimaran

    The world lost the Lion of the Africa who never bowed before the arrogance & imperialism, and enlightened the world with thoughts of non-violence & equal rights you live in our heart till the Earth lives!
    Rest in peace great soul lived during our era i feel proud that we have the previllage to know about you and live in earth during your time.world will follow your legacy where you left we love you and pray god for peace..
    Its a loss for whole world more than that of Africa!
    At the end of the day we proudly we are grandsons of our own MADIBA!!! WE MISS YOU!

  260. Mamba

    An angel sent by God to S.A, siyambulela uBawo ngokhulula wena uzokhulula ilizwe lethu.Bekunga bangalanda emkhondweni wakho,kowu,Hamba kahle!Aah Dalibhunga.Frm:Mamba Family

  261. Lorraine Knights

    A truly great and wonderful man, my thoughts are with his family and his country in their sad loss.

  262. Gilles Cotrell SANDZOU

    Nelson Rohilahla Mandela will forever be in our hearts
    An inspiration for all mankind
    One of the greatest men of all time
    I shall personally remember Tata Madiba for the courageous leader, the compassionate soul and the loving man that he was; one who overcame unbearable suffering and defeated systematic hatred to become the father of a free country for all to live and thrive on
    My heartfelt condolences to the Mandela family

  263. Ali Alibhai

    Madiba made it clear to us that, No matter how the EVIL tries to break you, if you follow your own conviction that only GOOD will be of help to you & your people regardless of colour, caste or creed.
    He met the EVIL with TOLERANCE and later FORGAVE THE EVIL OPPRESSORS.
    He overcame THE TEMPTATIONS of HATRED and disarmed the EVIL through his genorisity leading to reconciliation.
    Madiba indeed was ‘ONE OF A KIND’.
    Rest In Peace MADIBA.
    May your Soul be blessed.

    1. Ali Alibhai

      MADIBA made it clear to us that, No matter how hard The EVIL PEOPLE try to BREAK you, YOU follow and ACT upon your own conviction that only GOOD will prevail and help your people regardless of colour, caste or creed.
      RIP MADIBA.

  264. Adam Campbell

    Madiba,
    You have given this world so much and you changed the world. Lord you have given us a modern prophet. May Madiba’s family walk in his footsteps, and may the world follow the steps he has lad down for us and make this world a Mandela world

  265. Renate Hogarth

    Nelson Mandela, you have been and, in my mind, you will always be a great leader. If more people were like you, the world would be a much better place. God bless you, my heart goes out to your family. Rest in peace.

  266. Lars Nieper

    South Africa has lost not only its greatest son, but the whole world its greatest icon in the struggle for equality. I hope to see the day where every man finished the work which Nelson Mandela has begun as exemplary.

    Madiba, thank you for all and we will miss you so much.

  267. Catherine Fleming

    In remembrance of one of the greatest men to have walked this earth. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. Rest in peace MADIBA.

  268. Carlos Garat

    In 1978, as I distributed small leaflets with the simple text “Free Nelson Mandela” in the streets of Stockholm, I knew Madiba was one of the greatest in our time. But I couldn’t believe I would have the joy to see him free nor apartheid defeated during my lifetime. His freedom and the victory of his people’s struggles is one of the foundations of the new, just world we still have to build for the XXIst century. Thanks, Madiba!

  269. Elizabeth Chikerema

    My condolences to the Madiba family, to the whole of South Africa and to the whole world. Its a loss never to be filled by anyone. There will never be another personlike him. We thank him for such great lessons from his life.

    May his soul rest in peace.

    Elizabeth & family

  270. Peiso aka Pee Jay

    Nelson Mandela our father our leader our light… Our freedom fighter our president our hero….
    You’ll always be LOVED
    R.I.P TATA MADIBA

  271. Lekau Mamabolo

    Tata Nelson Mandela you have touched so many lives in many different ways, you might be dead but your spirit will forever live, I will always remember your great works, you fought and in the end you were victorius. Today I’m free just because of you and because of you I know that freedom does not mean doing whatever I want whenever I want but freedom is having the power and all the tools to do what I ought to do. Let your soul rest in peace. Thank you.
    Lekau Mamabolo

  272. Lesley Cheeves

    Huge sympathy to the family at this difficult time, I am sure mixed with grief comes the greatest of pride also. Respect!!

  273. Monica and Vincent Skermand

    Our deepest sympathy to the Mandela Family. Thank you Tata Madiba for everything you’ve done for our country. We going to miss you. Rest In Peace.

  274. Daniel Goedhuis

    Big trees never die even when they fall.
    I will always remember that tree with all the good leaves that spread over the world.

    Miss you.

  275. Laurie Treuhaft

    As a staff member in the English Translation Service at Headquarters, I was assigned, with my friend and colleague, Giovanna Suhl,to write a summary of Nelson Mandela’s statement to the Special Committee against Apartheid on June 22, 1990. Everyone at Headquarters was outside in front of the Secretariat on that warm, sunny day, waiting to greet him when he arrived. The drive in front of Headquarters was literally teeming with staff members; the only people still inside the Secretariat building were leaning out the windows waving signs and banners of welcome.
    I will never forget the excitement in the General Assembly Hall both before and during Nelson Mandela’s address. Giovanna and I are both retired now and back at Headquarters on a temporary assignment for the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly. We remember that day as a highlight of our time at the United Nations. Until Giovanna told me last week, I had never known all these years that the reason we had been lucky enough to land that assignment was because she had requested it!

  276. John McCabe

    My life has been one, inspired the most revered freedom fighter of me entire life. I have along with my family watched Nelson Mandela fight for peace and equality regardless of colour or creed.
    I will ensure my children will never forget a man who put everything above himself !!

    God bless you Nelson Mandela. R.I.P.

  277. Jane Petrie

    If only the other leaders like Mr Zuma and Mr Mugabe could have learnt the lessons the how be be humble like Madiba was who loved all races, no matter what the world threw at him. Mandela and de Klerk handed us reconciliation. Unfortunately this isn’t practiced now, as we still fear for our families and friends lives. Zimbabwe and South Africa still have along way to go. The crowd did the right thing in booing them. Thank you to President Obama, who spoke the right words at the right time. A child of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

  278. John McCabe

    My life has been one, inspired by the most revered freedom fighter of my entire life. I have along with my family watched Nelson Mandela fight for peace and equality regardless of colour or creed.
    I will ensure my children will never forget a man who put everything above himself !!

    God bless you Nelson Mandela. R.I.P.

  279. Steve Alayon

    n my country, the Dominican Republic, we are currently living a constant struggle. And I’m very embarrased for saying that I’m dominican because at the moment there’s an new kind of “apartheid” law applied against the National Haitians which are currently Dominican residents.

    Nelson Mandela showed the world how to embrace nations. How to live together each other: White, Black, Jew, Chinese, etc, etc. And I’d love that the Madiba Foundation make contact with the Dominican Republic Government to make some changes and accept the Haitians who are being prosecuted in my country.

    Rest in Peace Mandela. We still have a long way to end racism in the world.

    Thank you so much for you to open the eyes of almost all the leaders in the world!!.

  280. Maria Teresa Guillen barroso

    Que decir de una persona tan maravillosa como fue y siempre sera NELSON MANDELA.
    Cuando supe que fallecio senti como si una parte de mi se hubiera ido con el . Mi mas sentido pesamen a su familia un cordial saludo

  281. Renee Coleman

    Dear Madiba , beloved Mendela,

    We thank God for your life, your sacrifices and contributions. Your endless battle against the oppression, racism, and injustices.

    We thank you for your love for your enemies and your power of forgiveness demonstrated not by words but by your deeds.

    Dear Madiba, our fighter for peace, we shall miss you, always…… sis. Renee Coleman, USA

  282. Odette Gaud

    R.I.P. Madiba, You gave up so much. for that I am forever grateful. You have through THE STRUGGLE created a land I am so proud to call home. Your passing has touched every corner of the earth and you shall never be forgotten as you have earned you place in history. You are an inspiration to me, my children and all of man kind … your legacy will live on forever! Rest in peace. MADIBA

  283. David Barrow

    Thoughts and prayers to the Mandela family on the loss of their loved one. The world has lost a leading light, in this time of darkness.
    R.I.P Madiba

  284. Daniel

    Madiba Mandela, thank you! Your life is a path to follow, a path that meets and transcends the highest standards of every religion and every code of honor and nobility. Madiba Mandela, you have been a Christ-like figure, a bodhisattva, a saint, a beacon, a MAN. Thank you Madiba, I shall never forget you and I shall strive to follow your example.
    Rest in peace, Madiba, your name is now Eternal Love.

    Daniel

  285. Elaine Lowe

    My condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa. A great man who inspired the people of this world like no other, who gave selflessly for the sake of others and whose legacy will remain forever. He was the greatest man in my lifetime an touched me like no other ever will. God Bless madiba. RIP

  286. Dalyce Newby

    The world has lost a great man. A man who inspired others to do better. A man who instilled hope where there was little. A man who brought people from all races and walks of life together. He will be greatly missed.

  287. ROSILAND HORTON SANDERS

    From Rosiland Horton Sanders, Annie K.Stokes and Nancy Bailey. We are sending our condolences to the Mandela Family. Our prayers are with you doing this difficult time. May GOD continue to bless all of you.

  288. Petra Schmidt

    Nelson Mandela has proven it: Never give up. If you believe in change, it can happen, eventually. – Nelson Mandela: One of the most inspiring personalities ever, he will never be forgotten.

  289. Tasneem esau

    I want to thank you Tata for all that you have done for us and our country. May you rest in peace. You will surely be missed and never forgotten.

  290. Sarah Anyoti

    My heartfelt condolences to the Mandela family, the people of South Africa and the peoples of the world. We have lost a great man!
    Nelson Mandela touched our lives in many different ways, he inspired us through his actions, he taught us lessons of hope, courage, determination and selflessness. The best tribute we can pay to him, is to make sure his ideals live on. Each of us must stand up and take the courage, the courage to fight for freedom, peace, justice, and equality for all peoples of the world.
    Rest in peace, we will never forget you.

  291. Benjamin Mattondo Banda

    I personally benefited from the fruits of your struggle. The grace to forgive your oppressors is the most amazing lesson I will remember you for. Your life on earth was a blessing to millions of South Africans who loved you dearly, and to billions of the world including me who admired you. Your star in heaven will shine the brightest in your deserved eternal rest. Hamba kahle Tata.

  292. Mutanda Tinashe

    It’s indeed a sad loss, not only to Tata’s clan or to South Africa but to the whole world.You were indeed one in 7 Billion.Your soul and character will be with us yet we will see your body nomore.At 95 we can say indeed a life WELL TRAVELLED but NO we cannot be sated with a life without you.Seing you on TV last night I could not help but have an ouporing of grief about this sad loss, the Charisma you exuded,the utmost control and unrivalled life skills and bottomless knowledge.Go well Madiba.We want to emulate you,if only we can mange a fraction of your deity and stamina then the whole world will be at peace.I love you Madiba.

  293. Samantha Trammell

    One of the greatest men to ever walk the earth, Nelson Mandela, we salute you from New york City. Rest in peace, its all in Gods hands now… The loss is great but we smile so joyously that we had you… God Bless You Mr. Mandela, one of a kind. <3

  294. Kudzai K

    You life was an inspiration to many and your life was lived well. I salute you and thank God for your life and all that you did to dismantle an oppressive system and to usher in a new South Africa. Tata Madiba I salute you and may your soul rest in peace. Hamba kahle qawe lamaqawe!!

  295. Susan Rothschild Magidson Goldenberg

    Our world has lost a great man.He was the icon for all of us who struggled against apartheid.He was the father of our rainbow nation.We will miss you.492593266

  296. Susan Rothschild Magidson Goldenberg

    Our world has lost a great man.He was the icon for all of us who struggled against apartheid.He was the father of our rainbow nation.We wil miss you always and profoundly.

  297. Ana Maria Alvarez

    When I visited South Africa for the first time in 2007, I could hear many sad stories from those who had been deprived by the Apartheid system. I was frightened. I visited a township and realized that there was a big economic and social agenda to change his country. Then, in 2012 I went back, visited Soweto and realized that Mandela’s views about changes in society are valid not only for South Africa but for the whole world.
    They will remain universally valid.
    I just want to share in this occasion, one of Mandela’s quotations:
    “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain top of our desires”.

  298. heather heading

    Sir,a true human being which showed all of us lesser mortals the true nature of humanity, thankyou for your compassion,humility,and bravery. The world is poorer now. God rest you.

  299. Rhinesha Dayanand

    To the father of country, people say lead by example. You have shown us what a true leader is capable of. And for us children to learn and live by your honour.

  300. Ivan Cuddihy

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    An inspiration – he led only by example – To use my native Gaelic ” Ni raibh a leitheid anise aris” .. His likes will not be here again. May the leaders in South Africa and around the world carry on the flame of freedom lit and nourished by Madiba. May he rest in peace …

  301. Victor & Marian Diana King

    Mandela was a true gentleman and a true humananitar3ian. A true light of the world has gone out. Most people at his memorial service yesterday behaved with respect unfortunately it seems our Prime Minister behaved in an inapropriate manner. I feel it is my duty to offer the condolences and appologies of the British people for any offence caused to the Mandela family andd the South African people.
    My family and myself would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of this great man.

  302. Angela Hedges

    Mandela was a great man. There is now one less truly good person on this earth. We will never see anyone else like him. May he now rest in peace.

  303. Frank D'Amico

    My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of one of the greatest advocates for peace in the 20th Century. May the world learn from your life experience and may all future leaders aspire to be like you. The peace of the Lord be with you, Rest in Peace.

    1. Carol Collins

      Nelson you would have not wanted in truth all this fuss & fancy.
      But we cannot control from the grave just leave a legacy
      Which you did and with dignity, forgiveness and servitude.
      I pray to Our Lord God that your example will reign in this
      world bent on superficiality. Every blessing to those who
      really did know your heart – like the poor beggar and not the rich & famous.
      Love,
      Carol Collins

  304. Doreen Thenga

    RIP Dr Nelson Mandela….you did so much for the nation, we will always remember you….your smile!!!

    Robala ka khutso Madiba….ya gago tema o e kgathile!!!

  305. MAUREEN-RUTH BURGESS

    “OH LION OF AFRICA WHO ROARED FROM THE DEEP NIGHT,
    YOU WALKED THE JUNGLE OF ADVERSITY BRAVING CAPTORS OF JUSTICE AND RIGHTS.
    YOU WALKED LONG AND ROARED HARD FROM PLACES UNSEEN
    AND STILL YOU KEPT FAITH AND STRENGTH FOR THE SAKE OF THE DREAM.

    YOU WALKED IN THE SUN AND THE DARK FELL AWAY –
    WE NOW WALK IN THAT SUN IN YOUR SWEET MEMORY.
    THIS IS NOT ‘GOODBYE’ TATA MADIBA FOR THE WALK STILL WALKS ON;
    WE SHALL HONOUR YOUR NAME AT THE BREAK OF EACH DAWN.

    OH LION OF SOUTH AFRICA NOW SLEEP ‘NEATH LIFE’S TREE
    WATCH OVER US PLEASE-
    THOSE YOU FOUGHT TO SET FREE.”

  306. Rolf Obertreis

    I pay tribute to the greatest son not only South Africa has ever had. Madiba was extremely courageous and on the other hand extremely warmheartedly. And the best example in every respect for everybody.

    Thank you so much.

    Rest in Peace

    Rolf Obertreis/Giessen/Germany

  307. Judith Bailey

    RIP Mr Mandela. This world will never be the same without. Thank you for helping to make changes so this world can and will be a better place. You will be missed.

  308. Kholofelo Manaswe

    may your legacy live on and may our youth take a few leaves of your tree of life. you have made us the free people that we are today.

  309. Tunia Mbedzi

    Thank you Tata for giving us a free and peaceful South Africa, will continue to walk on your footstep and lead by your example, for being forgiving and loving. May your Soul Rest in Peace

  310. Tana Botha

    When a star is extinguished, it’s light remains visible across the universe for millennia. Nelson Mandela has passed away, but the light he has ignited in the world, will keep shining forever and ever. Thank you, Madiba, for letting your light shine so remarkably bright. The world has lost it’s greatest citizen.

  311. Elaine Botha

    Dear Madiba – and once again you unite our nation – the whole world!
    You have done what all of us should do: Forgive!!
    Now I will never meet you in person and that is my biggest regret.
    I will always remember your smile, beautiful shirts, love for all mankind, the Madiba-jive and much, much more.
    Thank you for everything you did to make things better for all.
    Rest in peace, you deserve it.
    Love you, Mr. President

  312. Ruben & Lize Ballesteros

    Thank you, Madiba, for your forgiveness and humanity that you showed. You were a great leader and a great person. May your legacy and what you stood for, live on in the hearts of all people across the world. Rest in peace.

  313. Shannon- Lee Le Roux

    To the Father of our Nation,

    Thank you for everything that you have done for our country, you make be proud to be South African.
    You are and will always be the Greatest Leader that have walked the earth.
    Tata you have sacrificed so much for the cause of Freedom, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    You make me want to better myself and serve others and I will strive towards this everyday.

    Reast in Peace Tata, Respect & Love
    Shannon- Lee Le Roux – Cape Town

  314. Cyrill Ibrahim

    Thank you, Tata of the World. You are an inspiration and example of the way I would like to share as you did.

  315. Munozovepi Gwata

    To the great father of Africa your legacy will live forever and so will spirit in our hearts.
    Love Muno♥♥

  316. Trisha

    In a time when humanity continues to invest heavily in military expenditures, it is hopeful to see the entire world moved by one whose principles, values and life inspire us: dignity, justice, respect, negotiation, reconciliation, and building an inclusive future for everyone, that is true leadership.

  317. Renee Gay

    I was 20 years old when he was released from prison all the way here in Barbados I waited to hear and see what he would do. The fact that he handled himself with dignity, grace and great temperance is a mark to the character of the man he was. How he went on to pull his people black and white together was and is truly inspiring and it touched and still touches me to have been around during this time in history. He will be missed. My heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends and the nation of South Africa. If only we had many more like him

  318. M. Angela and David Nettleship

    A great man has lived and died after giving the world something to learn about a being a good human being. Who didn’t think he was better and greater than his brother or sister.

  319. Celine Paramunda

    To the Madiba family and the people of S.Africa
    Mr. Nelson Mandela, a great man of this century has given us a great example. Today I used one of his messages at the United Nations,: “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings”. let us continue his fights to er-raise poverty from the world. condolences!
    May his soul rest in Peace!
    Celine Paramunda
    Medical Mission Sisters

  320. ELEANOR HAYWARD

    I remember as a Glaswegian Glasgow City Council named one of our streets Mandela Place and gave him freedom of the city of Glasgow whilst he was still incarcerated. A man of peace and so much forgiveness for the years spent in prison. Truly a unique individual and never forgotten.

  321. Caroline Vala

    Madiba you will be missed, but not forgotten. Le monde a cruelement besoin d’hommes aussi bon et courageux que toi <3

  322. Eric Werner

    Nelson Mandela was my hero because he overcame not only adversity but also hatred and revenge and led his country and his people on a path to peace and justice for all. Much remains to be done in South Africa to allow every citizen to share into the opportunities and the prosperity of this wonderful country which I had an opportunity to visit from my native Germany. May Nelson Mandela’s example guide current and future generations to continue his work and make South Africa a better place every day.
    However, Nelson Mandela’s legacy far transcends his own country and I feel humbled to have shared time on earth with him to witness what he has achieved. May his spirit and wisdom inspire leaders of the world and every human being to find ways so that people can live together and overcome what separates them. I do hope that we can all take a moment to think about his life and what we can learn for our own personal lives, how we can deal with conflicts large and small, how we can listen, understand and forgive, and bring people together for a greater common good.
    I was so happy that God allowed him to live out a long life in dignity after so many years had been taken away from him. My deep condolences are with his family and friends and the people of South Africa.
    May Nelson Mandela rest in peace. I know he will never be forgotten and his achievements and his spirit will live forever.

  323. Rosemarie Jae

    Mr. Mandela, you were named ‘Troublemaker” by your mother, but such a transformed troublemaker that it grieves me to know you are no longer in the world. We now call you Peacemaker, Freedom Fighter, Humanity Helper and a friend to those with no voice. I pray that your legacy will continue to live and make a real difference in the future of Africa the continent, and that many Nelsons will be born, raised and reared into the ‘care for others.’ Thank you for your suffering, and thank you for your healing. It has brought the world an unmatched truth: man’s road is never alone, and there is always one in the darkness who needs his help.

  324. Richard Bestel de Lézongard

    Thank you Madiba for helping God to mould our country into the largely thriving nation that it is today. It is unlikely that the example that you were will ever be forgotten.

  325. Theresa Strømnes Bestel de Lézongard

    God bless you Tata.

    God bless Africa
    Guard Her children,
    Guide Her leaders,
    And give her peace.

    I pray that this prayer, your legacy, lives on.

    Hamba kahle Madiba.

  326. Jabulile Maluleka

    Although I went to the Union Buildings on Thursday and Friday, I couldn’t see you Tata, but you will always remain in my heart. I have learnt how to truly love people and how to forgive from you. I will follow your example. Thank you for all that you have done for all of us in South Africa and the world. I feel blessed to have lived in your world and time.

    Lala ngoxolo Tata. Will always love you and look up to you.

  327. Chifuto Shamano

    Tata Mandela. You came into the world, when your people needed you most. And as was the script of your life, you played the part. You played it so well, the entire world stepped in tune to your song.
    Now you leave us because your script has come to an end. But we, all, shall dance the song, and teach it to our children, through the ages to come.

  328. Mo'ath Aljabri

    Palestine and palestinians’ tears will never stop crying for your leaving TATA MADIBA,
    You will be always the light in our freedom path, your soul is immortal in our lives !
    We all love you …
    R.I.P TATA MADIBA

  329. Mo'ath Aljabri

    لن ننساك أبداً يا شمعة تنير درب الرية
    رحلت بجسدك، لكن روح ستبقى خالدة في قلوبنا
    ابتسامتك ستبقى حية في ذاكرتنا
    شكراً لله لأنه أعطى العالم (نيلسون مانديلا) ، لن ننساك أبداً
    من فلسطين مع كل الحب …
    ارقد بسلام .. مانديلا

  330. mrs sharon solomons

    Nelson Mandela achieved democracy for South Africa through peaceful means. He displayed the utmost dignity on his release from 27 years of incarceration. We will not see his like again. He was a true icon of our times. My thoughts and prayers are with his widow Graca Machel and the Mandela family at this very sad time

  331. Tamzyn Hercules

    Even through your death, you have the ability to unite nations- as evident of what you strived for your whole life. We appreciate what you’ve done, you have proven to the world that one man’s love, compassion and willpower can indeed change a country- our country- and the world’s perspective. We love you. Peace be with you and your family. You were without doubt God’s Gift to the world. Thank you for allowing him to use you in this great way.

  332. Tamzyn Hercules

    without doubt God’s Gift to the world. Thank you for allowing him to use you in this great way.

  333. William KODJOH-KPAKPASSOU

    Avec le décès de Nelson MANDELA, l’Afrique a perdu un homme qui représentait à lui tout seul une grande conscience morale.
    Mais sa disparition ne signifie pas la mort des valeurs et des idéaux qu’il a incarnés. Le combat pour la liberté, l’égalité, la justice, la paix et le service des autres, n’en prend que plus d’importance.
    Tous les jeunes africains et du monde doivent garder vivant le flambeau qu’il a allumé.

  334. Lorraine Ogle-Davies

    Thank you FATHER GOD for giving us the gift of NELSON ROHLIHLAHLA MANDELA .
    The Bible says give thanks in all thins. (1Thessalonians5:18).
    We thank GOD for the role that Mandela played in the struggle for SOUTH AFRICA and AFRICA.
    Thank GOD for the courage that MANDELA demonstrated in the face of the trial.

  335. Dharmisha Cvetkovic

    Mother earth trembles
    In honor of Madiba
    The planet is silent
    As his body reciprocates
    Humanity weeps
    At the embrace of Godliness
    Each grain of sand is sanctified
    By the love of the Father
    Qunu is the holiest of lands…

  336. Paul M. Nkofo

    Tribute to President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
    The world is in deep agony for they have lost a grandfather, a father, a husband, a brother, a companion and friend. However, the reality is that you have changed form and continue to live forever. Your arduous autobiography is etched unto subconscious minds of men – where a portrait of your long walk to freedom dangles not to gather dust. Indeed you have mummified yourself in deeds. That you have become to humankind will not be obliterated from history.
    You lived your life as a humble servant to humanity. You have taught the world that true leadership is not about self veneration and prominence above men – for there is one in heaven to whom these things eternally belong. You have taken the most difficult parts of the scripture and made them practical; “love thy neighbour, do unto others as you would like done unto you, forgive others that you may be forgiven, let children come to me for the kingdom of heaven is theirs, love your enemies.” It is amazing how multitudes fail dismally to practice these excerpts – even ministers of the word, but to you they rolled out naturally like a long time practiced piece of performance art!
    My heart knocks against the bars of my rib cage and threatens to tear the pericardium as it wants to peep through to the outer world. I sincerely begin to understand the pain you went through the twenty-seven years as you yearned to connect with your beloved and the world! You were subjected to mixed emotions that were meant to gradually nibble upon your strength to oblivion. From the moment you set your foot in jail, you grew from strength to strength as the negligible building blocks of time slowly constructed the twenty-seven onerous years. The certainty of the future could only be determined through a seasoned subconscious mind through fixing one’s eyes on celestial forces. You and we are today separated by the flailing curtain that separates heaven and earth. Our language is different for now you speak that of God and the angels – tecel. cat. marith. macha (let us all praise Him).
    Through spiritual eyes I look beyond the river of mortal life. I see a tall handsome man briskly taking strides towards the golden gates in the city of the Lamb. I call desperately but he does not steal a backward glance, for he is beckoned by saints of old and the heavenly troops unto whom his focussed attention is whole. In his ears the echo of my voice fades to nothingness with the swift increments of the distance between us. Whence he rushes a banquet is prepared for him and his Master will give him a pad on the shoulder and say “well done son!” He is marked by the scars impressed as he drudged though the thorny scrubs to liberate his people in the desert of apartheid. The soles of his feet are sore from sand bleach, his tongue sticks to the palate due to thirst and hunger for love, peace and harmony in the world. His face is heat scorched by the blazing sun, but internal life and peace exude through the radiance of his flickering eyes and a genuine smile.
    The undulating hills of Mveso have become coenocytic as they are rent in preparation to engulf your organic remains and slowly set them free to join the cycles of nature. You remain a wonder to the world. Had you been a landscape, you would have unanimously made it to the world heritage list! The place where your remains are buried is therefore an important heritage site! Good bye TATA! I feel this is the only way I may deal with the catastrophe of your loss and the avalanche of emotions evoked by your exodus! You have united people in your life and departure. To that, testimony is given by the multitudes around the world who speak in one voice, and those who gathered around your Houghton home to sing as they delivered their flowers and condolences from dawn to dusk. Let your legacy be entrenched in all nations throughout generations to come!
    We thank the African National Congress (ANC) – the organisation which natured your political birth and development. They trained and gave you a stage to perform. Combined with your willingness and resilience against the blistering sun and adverse weather of the time, you germinated and developed to bear the fruits we enjoy today. You and others carried your nation through difficult times. Your knees did not buckle under the burgeoning load of racial discrimination and dehumanisation instituted by the white regime. Instead you soldiered on – Hamba kahle Mkhondo!
    To your family and friends, let us loose the man and let him go. Mama Graca – the sweet smelling flower transplanted from the sweltering eastern shores of Mozambique to contribute in the beautification of the landscapes of Qunu; Mama we deeply thank you and the Mandela family for sharing him with us and allowing us to become part of his dignified farewell. It would be total unfairness not to express benthic gratitude to President Zuma and those who worked with him to audaciously organise such a dignified sending away for our father! Long live Madiba! Goodbye TATA! You have raised the leadership bar to be perched upon by the majestic of birds – the bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus meridionalis) iconic and endemic to Ethiopia and the Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains.

    By Paul Maluke Nkofo
    From The Kingdom of Lesotho.

  337. Karen Lusier

    Karen Lusier
    December 31, 2013
    I would like to offer my sympathy to the Mandela family during this period of mourning. I would also like to share a message of comfort and hope for the future. The quote given of Mr. Mandela’s definition of freedom is very thought provoking. He said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” The Bible expresses it this way, “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you must also do to them.” – Matthew 7:12 (New World Translation 2013)
    Mr. Mandela was imprisoned for working to make his fundamental concept of freedom a reality. It is a reality in harmony with God’s purpose for all mankind. A reality that will be accomplished only by means of God’s Kingdom, the heavenly government that God’s son Jesus Christ taught us to pray for. – Matthew 6:9,10. A universal government that will never be brought to ruin, standing alone, lasting indefinitely. –Daniel 2:44. A government that will fulfill God’s original purpose for mankind and the Earth. –Genesis 1:27-31; Psalm 37:11, 29; Revelation 21:4.
    It is my sincere hope that Mr. Mandela will be among those who will receive these magnificent and lasting blessings through the resurrection hope that God’s word, the Bible, extends to those who fallen asleep in death. –Acts 24:15; Job 14: 14,15; Revelation 20:12, 13

  338. Anu Nepal

    To Zindzi And family, my deepest condolences. May you have strength and courage in this time of mourning and letting go. Every South African owes to Madiba’s legacy our commitment to justice in South Africa and the world. South Africa has one of the most progressive constitutions in the world because of the sacrifice and courage of Madiba .c

    Rest in peace Taata

    Aum Bur Buhasvaha That Savitur Varenyum bhargo Devasya Dheemahi dhiyoyo Naha prochodayaathe…(for u Zindzi…)

    Anu Nepal

  339. Mlamuli Vundla

    He was great man let us pray for his soul to rest in peace and may other living politicians learn from his lessons.

  340. Chriselda Mamotho Tabane

    Kealeboga Ntate Neloson Mandela, bo phelong ba gao, le tsothle o di dirileng go maphelo a rona mo South Africa, go nthuta go tshwarela le go itse gore ke ithute go phela le dira tsa rona… Dankie

  341. Mamiki SC Pinkoane

    It’s the unhappiness we see on our faces in South Africa that remind us the pain still cuts deep. The confusion for way forward, each of us trying to find a way forward, the dawning of possible self-defense against the lions of this world is as real as it ever was before 1990. Since 1990 they looked at South Africa and Africa with a different eye, sincere view, a need to unravel poverty, unemployment, indecent acts of humanity, today we wait in awe as WEF 2014 pursuit. Your presence harnessed peace, equality, abundance, generosity, joy and happiness qualities you were blessed. Today the door is open for any lion to devour, Africa is exposed, the layer of protection is fallen. Where art thou such like yours, is our Creator not the One of multiplication? We are in dire need of the one even superior than yours of character. We hold on to memory as if it’s a living soul but the morning is as real with faces of hopelessness. It cuts deep, only time heals, as we maintain the ideals of the Rainbow nation your facet of unity. Your soul rest assured as your legacy continue the journey.

  342. Joseph Lennon

    Thank you, Mr Mandela, for the life lessons you have given us through your love, simplicity, honesty, service, humility, care, courage, foresight, patience, stamina, determination, tolerance, forgiveness, equality and justice, but most especially, your leadership.

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

  343. NEO CHRISTINAH MATSAPOLA

    Words alone are not enough to present the deep hurt the world experienced at the news of your passing Tata Mandela. You represented Africa and humanity in the highest standards possible and we are proud of you. Your deeds moved the perception that lawyers are the devils’ advocates to the Godly intended honorary and noble status. You fought for a good cause and left all of us an undying legacy: Respect for life, humbleness and forgiveness. May the Lord allow your soul to rest in eternal peace! May Africa and the Human race at large follow on your steps and seek, selflessly, peace and provide service to the human race! Robala sentle! Love from Botswana

  344. Cassie

    You were a great man for what you have done. I will always love and miss you. Rest In Peace Nelson Mandela.

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