The World Reacts to Nelson Mandela’s Death

Celebration and mourning for the anti-apartheid leader sprung up from Johannesburg to London to Washington

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In the hours after Nelson Mandela passed away, hundreds of people gathered outside of his home in Johannesburg. Some bowed their heads in mourning, while others sang and danced in joyous celebration for the life of the legendary anti-apartheid leader who served as South Africa’s first black president. Memorials have sprung up all over the country, and thousands are expected to make the pilgrimage to Mandela’s hometown of Qunu, where his state burial will be held after twelve days of national mourning.

South Africa based photographer Jonathan Torgovnik, on assignment for TIME, documented the celebration and bereavement outside of Mandela’s home in Johannesburg. Similar commemorations also sprung up from London to New York to Indonesia. Two months before Mandela died, Francois Pienaar, who captained South Africa to victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup (with President Mandela wearing his jersey in the audience), reflected on the inevitable loss of the man who united the country. “I hope that his passing is a celebration and a tremendous reflection,” Pienaar said. “If it wasn’t for Nelson Mandela, we would not have been set on this path.” That celebration and reflection extends throughout the world.
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13 comments
Cesar A Peralta
Cesar A Peralta

Eternity´s firmament has a new sun. Mandela´s light will forever shine on all humanity’s struggles for freedom, peace, equality, justice. Rest in peace Tata Madiba.

oneanticommie
oneanticommie

South Africa has been devastated by his inept leadership.

Hariharan Haran
Hariharan Haran

In this 27 years of Home condemn no blacks could rescue him ! Now the blacks around the world are celebrating the life of Mandela. Blacks are blacks ever . How could a white organize the black in ancient and modern ?

Saiful Islam
Saiful Islam

We loss a Great person who fight his whole life for people. We will never recover his gap.

Marck Malala
Marck Malala

Great leader depart living bad one may you rest soul rest in piece MANDELA.N .MADIBA.you are my inspiration even though u are gone.

Manoj Kumar
Manoj Kumar

Bharat Ratna Nelson Mandela. Thank you.

Maria Teresa Corino
Maria Teresa Corino

esta bueno eso de celebrar la vida de Mandela. esta bueno porque su vida fue eso. la dedico para que los de hoy bailen y puedan tener educación y salud. también celebro su vida por que no tuvo miedo a las humillaciones que los blancos le dieron en su vida. con de clerck jugo el partido mas importante y lo gano. espero que haya sido para que todo siga en esa sintonía. no lo veo. pero lo espero tampoco quiero que sea un icono de los blancos con alegría. hay que ser un grande para bancarte la humillación de quien no te quiere en su misma vereda y menos aun en su deporte. en fin un abrazo para el espero lo respeten y sigan en una pequiña proporción su legado. un Hombre Unico.

Shane Kapp
Shane Kapp

RIP TATA, RSA solutes you. Salegagle