Nelson Mandela Dies: Rockers React
The world has lost one of the great leaders and a key figure in the human rights movement as former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95.
In 1962, Mandela was arrested upon returning home from military training in Morocco and Ethiopia and was charged with illegal exit of the country and incitement to strike. In 1964, he was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. He represented himself at the hearing and rather than defend himself, he gave a lengthy speech about oppression.
Mandela became a focal point for many in the fight for equality in South Africa and by the late ’80s a shift began in the political atmosphere. By 1990, he was released from jail. In 1994, apartheid in South Africa ended and in the first multi-racial elections in the country, Mandela was elected president. After serving one term, he opted not to run for a second and used his remaining years to champion human rights and world peace causes as well as the fight against AIDS.
As expected, the man who helped unite a divided nation and affected so many people has generated an outpouring of comments from people of all walks of life. A number of rockers have chimed in via Twitter and below is a sampling of quotes from the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Godsmack, Nikki Sixx, David Draiman, Tom Morello and Tommy Lee among others.
"It always seems impossible until its done." RIP Nelson Mendela @NdabaMandela
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) December 5, 2013
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. Hero. Freedom Fighter. An iron will and a heart of mercy. Thanks for your struggle and your example.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. A man that changed the world…..
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) December 5, 2013
Sleep, sleep tonight and may your dreams be realized. Rest in peace Nelson Mandela
— Theory of a Deadman (@TOADM) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson!! "After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." NM
— T O M M Y L E E (@MrTommyLand) December 5, 2013
— Godsmack Official (@Godsmack_Music) December 5, 2013
— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) December 5, 2013
— Payable On Death (@POD) December 6, 2013
Really sad to hear we have lost the great Nelson Mandela, one of the few pillars of humanity we had left.
— Slash (@Slash) December 6, 2013
The world lost an incredible man today. R.I.P. Nelson Mandela
— My Darkest Days (@MyDarkestDays) December 6, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela #Mandela
— Machine Head (@MfnH) December 6, 2013