World mourns Mandela

World mourns Mandela

Dec. 11, 2013

Students reflect on the social leader’s passing

Many people do not have the mental fortitude to remain a prisoner for 27 years.

Nelson Mandela not only remained a prisoner for 27 years, but became the first black president of South Africa upon his release. Mandela, former president of South Africa and social justice leader, passed away at the age of 95 Thursday, Dec. 5.

Whitewater students weigh in on his accomplishments.

Mariam Kone, sophomore, President of African Student Association:

“His most important contributions were stopping the apartheid in South Africa, and being the first black president of South Africa, as well as bringing World Cups to South Africa. The World Cups helped show another picture of Africa to the rest of the world. Africa was seen as a land of war, so bringing so many people to Africa was something that helped the African nation.”

Anton Eugenis: “He helped with peaceful resolution, like Ghandi, and if you look at South Africa today, it’s definitely changing, but it wouldn’t be the same place without Mandela and his actions.”

Gerhard Vosswinkel: “Helping abolish apartheid was something that was good for the entire world, and it has helped South Africa progress in industrialization, along with the other nations that have been long past third-world.”

Orrin Oliver: “What he did gave everyone hope, and he really reinforced that anyone can change the world. It does not matter who you are, rich or poor, or your background. Anyone can rise up and fight the power.

Mandela’s funeral will be held Sunday, Dec. 15 in the South African Capitol of Pretoria.