PRETORIA, South Africa (BP) — Former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s ‘long walk to freedom’ has ended. He died Dec. 5 at age 95 at home after months of declining health. “All of us in the country must accept that Madiba is now old,” South African President Jacob Zuma had said when Mandela seemed near death this summer. “As he ages, his health will trouble him.” Southern Baptists joined diverse leaders worldwide who hailed the civil rights champion for his life’s work against apartheid, economic injustice, AIDS and other ills.
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