On this day, 5 December 2013 former President Nelson Mandela passed away at his Houghton home. Excepts courtesy of Nelson Foundation Twitter Account.
On this day, 5 December 1956 Nelson Mandela was arrested in a swoop on activists who were charged in the 1956 Treason Trial.
“Death is something inevitable. When a man had done what he considers to be his duty to his people & his country, he can rest in peace I believe I have made that effort & this is, therefore, why I will for the eternity.
During his imprisonment on Robben Island, Nelson Mandela was inspired by W E Henley’s poem Invictus.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley