I just read a tweet from a South Africa journalist. He said, simply, "We weren't ready."
Neither was I. Despite the fact that we all -- South Africans and the world -- knew that the end was near, despite the fact that we had spent months thinking about it, we weren't ready.
Address to the nation by President Jacob Zuma on the departure of former President Nelson Mandela
5 December 2013
My Fellow South Africans,
Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed.
He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013.
He is now resting. He is now at peace.
Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.
Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.
His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world.
His humility, his compassion, and his humanity earned him their love. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family. To them we owe a debt of gratitude.
You can read the rest of President Zuma's statement here.
A movie version of Mandela's life, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, has just been released. You can read my review, here. It's as much about the man as it is about the film.