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How social media reacted to Mandela's death

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How social media reacted to Mandela's death


Leaders and organisations around the world have been reacting to the news that Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon, has died at the age of 95.

This tweet (below) was the first sent with the hashtag #Mandela as news broke that there was unusual activity around Nelson Mandela’s residence.

Shortly after, the news of his death was confirmed. The first that Twitter knew of this sad announcement came from CBC news.

The death of this historic figure has plunged the world into mourning. Social networks were flooded by tributes and condolences. Here is a collection of some of those messages.


One of the first world leaders to take to Twitter to express his grief was British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Shortly after the White House posted its reaction.

French President Francois Hollande said: “Nelson Mandela made history. That of South Africa and the whole world.”

Angela Merkel’s spokesperson announced “Mandela’s message of reconciliation and rejection of any racism remain an inspiration.”

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff: “Mandela’s fight became a paradigm for all those who struggle for justice, freedom and equality”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro: “In tribute to the Giant Nelson Mandela I’ve decided, on behalf of the whole of Venezuela, to declare three days of mourning across the whole of Simon Bolivar’s and Chavez’s homeland.”



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