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On December 5, 2013, the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, announced the death of Nelson Mandela at the age of 95. With him passed away one of the most important figures among the defenders of freedom and peace of the 20th century.

Thursday, December 5: one of the giants of the 20th century is no more. Nelson Mandela is dead.

A quote from Patrice Roy

Late in the afternoon of December 5, 2013, the news reached us from South Africa.

Nelson Mandela, the man whose political action contributed more than any other to the dismantling of the racist apartheid regime, has died.

The anchor Patrice Roy, the journalists Claudine Bourbonnais, Sophie Langlois and Emmanuelle Latraverse as well as the former Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney analyze and comment on the death of Nelson Mandela.

The anchor of the show Le Téléjournal Grand Montréal 18h, Patrice Roy, invited journalist Sophie Langlois, former correspondent for Radio-Canada for Africa, to tell us about the legacy of the deceased.

Nelson Mandela was an exceptional being, recalls Sophie Langlois.

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A lawyer by training, Nelson Mandela was involved in the fight to abolish the regime of racial segregation by the white minority, apartheid, which denies the black majority in South Africa access to the right to vote and other fundamental freedoms.

He will spend 27 years held in a maximum security prison off the coast of Cape Town.

In February 1990, domestic and international pressure was too strong: the South African regime released the political prisoner Nelson Mandela.

Once released, his main contribution was to find a way forward, with the last president who led the apartheid regime, Frederik De Klerk, to prevent South Africa from being engulfed by civil war

Elected president of democratic and multiracial South Africa in 1994, Nelson Mandela was the reconciler of the multiple peoples who inhabit this southern African country.

When he died, Blacks, Whites, citizens of Asian origin, felt like orphans in South Africa.

A feeling that is widely shared throughout the African continent, believes Sophie Langlois.

Journalist Claudine Bourbonnais also offers us during this program a biographical report which retraces the major stages of Nelson Mandela's life.

Nelson Mandela became the first living foreign person to become an honorary citizen of Canada in 2001.

The segment of the program Le Téléjournal Grand Montréal 18h on December 5, 2013 on the death of Nelson Mandela devotes a significant portion to the role that Canada played in the fight for the abolition of apartheid.

Correspondents Sophie Langlois and Emmanuelle Latraverse and former Canadian Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney, testify that from 1984, support for the fight for the dismantling of the racist regime in South Africa became a pillar of foreign policy. from Canada.

Recognizing Canada's role in the international effort to support South Africa's black majority, Nelson Mandela made his first speech, in a democratic parliament abroad, in the House of Commons in Ottawa.

It was June 18, 1990.

The next day, he found himself in Montreal.

Report by journalist Claude Gervais on Nelson Mandela's visit to Montreal

As recalled in a report by journalist Claude Gervais, presented to theTéléjournal on June 19, 1990, a crowd of 40,000 people waited for the champion of South African liberation on the Champ-de-Mars behind Montreal city hall.

A concert, in which the singers of the group Kashtin, Gilles Vigneault and gospel choirs participate, pays tribute to the visitor.

Nelson Mandela also visits a black Protestant church in the southwest of Montreal where a delirious crowd welcomes him.

He will subsequently travel to the United States, notably to the cities of Detroit and Washington, where a majority of Afros live -Americans.

On May 9, 1994, following South Africa's first fully democratic elections, the country's first multiracial assembly unanimously elected Nelson Mandela president of the Republic.

Journalist Jean-Michel Leprince is on site in the city of Cape Town where the South African parliament is located.

Report by journalist Jean-Michel Leprince on the election of Nelson Mandela as President of the Republic of South Africa

That day, he presented to the Téléjournal, hosted by Bernard Derome, a report which described the parliamentary ceremony and the speech given by Nelson Mandela in the presence of the huge crowd gathered in front of Cape Town Town Hall.

As the journalist recalls, absolute white domination in South Africa had started in Cape Town.

It is symbolically in this same place that she ceased to exist.

True to his habits, the new president greets his fiercest opponents in parliament.

From the balcony of the town hall, he congratulates the new democracy which was born in South Africa and assures that all have rights in this Republic went from dominant white to rainbow colors.

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