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Jamaica joins the world in mourning for Mandela, flies flag at half-mast

Published: Saturday December 7, 2013 | 1:18 pm Comments 0
The Jamaican flag
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Nelson Mandela and wife at the time, Winnie, on their arrival at the Norman Manley Airport, Kingston, Jamaica on July 24, 1991. – Junior Dowie photo
Nelson Mandela and wife at the time, Winnie, on their arrival at the Norman Manley Airport, Kingston, Jamaica on July 24, 1991. – Junior Dowie photo

Today is the beginning of a five-day period of official mourning for Jamaica to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela.

The state mourning will end on Wednesday December 11.

The Prime Minister says during the period of official mourning, the national flag shall be flown at half-mast on all government buildings and public offices.

She added that the protocols with respect to the flying of other flags will also apply.

MANDELA FACTS:

Presidential term: May 10, 1994-June 14, 1999

Name: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Birth date: July 18, 1918

Age: 95

Place of Birth: Mvezo, South Africa

Children: Makaziwe Mandela, Zindziswa Mandela, Makgatho Mandela, Zenani Mandela, Madiba Thembekile Mandela

Spouse: Graηa Machel: 1998-present, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela : 1958–1996, Evelyn Mase: 1944–1958

Education: University of South Africa (1943), Healdtown Comprehensive School, University of the Witwatersrand, University of London International Programmes, University of London, University of Fort Hare

Awards: Mandela has received more than 150 awards notebly Nobel Peace Prize in 1993

Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist and leader of the African National Congress and its armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe.

Mandela spent 27 years in prison – Robben Island and Pollsmoor Prison – on convictions for crimes that included sabotage committed while he spearheaded the struggle against apartheid.

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