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Mandela with the current ANC President Jacob Zuma

South Africa will mourn deeply for its departed hero, Nelson Mandela, a man whose life and political choices enabled South Africans of all races to glimpse the elusive nirvana of a society free from the painful divisions created by colonialism and apartheid.

Although it was not a surprise, coming at the end of a long period of illness and increasing frailty, and despite the fact that Mandela left the political arena many years ago—his last meaningful appearance was at the World Cup…

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