A man who defined a continent and an era

Even though he had long retired from public life, Nelson Mandela spent his last few years trying hard to push South Africans to carry on the work of making the country a better place without him, writes Bill Corcoran in Cape Town.

8th December, 2013
Nelson Mandela speaks at a press conference in Dublin Castle during his July 1990 visit to Ireland, five months after his release from prison. Picture: Derek Speirs

Nelson Mandela's death will have a profound effect on South Africans across the racial divide. Throughout the latter part of his retirement, even though he spent the vast majority of it disengaged from public life, South Africa's first democratically elected president remained deeply loved by the vast majority of his fellow citizens for the dignified, resolute manner in which he galvanised a divided nation in its hour of need.

His ability to forgive those who...

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