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Nelson Mandela: The Practical Example Of An Iconic Leader…

South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95.

Last June:

Nelson Mandela is hospitalized critically ill, according to the South African presidency. This is really sad news for the international community, as the former South African president wrote political history with his decision-making attitude, human rights philosophy and his practical political actions in his country and globally:

Nelson Mandela critically ill in hospital – BBC News

Nelson Mandela has become critically ill in hospital, the South African presidency has announced. President Jacob Zuma said he had visited Mr Mandela and spoken to his wife and medical teams. Doctors were “doing everything possible to get his condition to improve” said Mr Zuma in a statement. South Africa’s first black president, 94, was taken to hospital in Pretoria earlier this month for the third time this year, with a lung infection. Mr Zuma said he had been told by doctors on Sunday that the former president’s condition had worsened over the past 24 hours. ”The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” said President Zuma, using Mr Mandela’s clan name by which he is widely known in South Africa. Mr Zuma – who was joined at the hospital by the deputy leader of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa – appealed for prayers for Mr Mandela and his medical team. Mac Maharaj, Mr Zuma’s spokesman, told the BBC’s Newshour that the doctors’ use of the word “critical” was “sufficient explanation that should raise concern amongst us”.

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Nelson Mandela now in critical condition in hospital – New York Daily News

“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable,” President Jacob Zuma said in a release. “He is in good hands.” A report Saturday indicated Mandela was in serious condition, but his “condition has become critical over the past 24 hours,” the presidency’s office wrote in a statement. The news comes days after CBS News reported that Mandela’s liver and kidneys were “functioning at 50%” following a procedure to repair an ulcer. “We’re told he hasn’t opened his eyes in days and is unresponsive,” CBS reported. “We also understand that Mandela family members are discussing just how much medical intervention is enough for an old and very sick man.”

The South African leader’s family is experiencing time of personal consideration and pray:

Nelson Mandela in critical condition – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs

For Mandela’s family, these are very personal times — times to be cherished as the end nears. ”All we do every day is take one day at a time and pray to the good Lord,” Makaziwe told CNN’s Robyn Curnow. ”I believe he is at peace,” said Makaziwe Mandela, who was born in 1953 to Mandela’s first wife, Evelyn. ”All I pray for as a daughter is that the transition is smooth. … He is at peace with himself. He has given so much to the world.”  The anti-apartheid hero has been in and out of the hospital in recent years. His history of lung problems dates to when he was a political prisoner on Robben Island during the apartheid era, and he has battled respiratory infections. Considered the founding father of South Africa’s democracy, Mandela became an international figure while enduring 27 years in prison for fighting against apartheid, the country’s system of racial segregation. South Africa’s governing African National Congress noted “with concern” Sunday the change in Mandela’s health.  In 1993, Mandela and then-South African President F.W. de Klerkjointly won the Nobel Peace Prize. The iconic leader was elected the nation’s first black president a year later, serving only one term, as he had promised. Even as he has faded from the spotlight, he remains popular and is considered a hero of democracy in the nation. Last year, South Africa launched a new batch of banknotes with a picture of a smiling Mandela on the front. Mandela’s impact extends far beyond South African borders. After he left office, he mediated conflicts in Africa and the Middle East. Word of his worsening health drew global expressions of concern. ”We have seen the latest reports from the South African government that former President Mandela is in critical condition,” Caitlin Hayden, a U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and the people of South Africa.”

Finally, it is becoming clear that Nelson Mandela has offered the perfect example of the applied leadership leader, who had the will and created the power to change not only his country, but also the world. Applied leadership is critically judged by its results at political, social and financial level: South Africa.



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