ABC Digital Report: Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

South African Peace Leader Nelson Mandela dies at age 95.
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frustrating police. The golden voice. ♪ taking the arab world by storm. A local singer's controversial rise to fame. From boston's news leader this is wcvb newscenter5 at 5:00. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Breaking news at 5:00. An icon of world free tomorrow and human dignity passed away. The death of nelson mandella just minutes ago announced. Repor a look back at his incredible life. Born in 1918, nelson mandela was the son of a tribal chiefier faced the daily living under aparteid. He made the fight for his country in people's liberation his cause. In 1964 he paid the price with his own freedom. Sentenced to a life in prison. I have changed the ideas of a democratic and free society. It is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. With mandela in chains south africans found a new rallying cry. Free manleda came I synonomous with free south africa. He was finally released. I urge you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. He was embraced by his people and the world. Mandela became a nobel peace prize recipient and was elected president in the country's first free election. The years were reporting live, rife with unemployment. The events emotional climax came when a 91-year-old mandela who fought for years to host the cup appeared on the pitch. In his later years he battled illness and was in and out of the hospital. He eventually moved to his home village to be closer to his family. Even at home, he hosted a number of visitors including first lady michelle obama. He became a living symbol of freedom in the strength of the sphere spirit of south africa and beyond. We expect the president to be speaking any minute now. Say hello to the! Executive director of south africa in boston. How are you? I'm good. This is an incredibly sad moment but also an opportunity to celebrate someone who just changed the world for all of us. And I think it is our time now. It is our turn to incorporate nelson mandela's message into everything we do. His spirit was captivating and his meaning and determination. Absolutely. I mean as a lot of people have said over the years, he was a unique human being and as martin luther king, ghandi, how many other world leaders that have touched so many lives in such a deep and profound way. Is his passing a passing to the next generation or is his passing the end of a line? No, I don't see it as the end of a line. I think nelson mandela has inspired literally millions of people around the world and certainly in south africa there are hundreds of thousands of people who will take up that torch and continue to fight the good fight as he it. So few people walk on this eartha millions want to walk up to and just touch and look at and be with and he was one of them. He was. He was. He was a real gift to all of us. Thank you so much for you thoughts. The executive director of south african partners in boston. We will have more throughout the next 90 minutes and you can trace mandela's life on our website wc wcvb.Com. Surf already up, bringing flooding to places like hampton beach in new hampshire and starting in just a few hours, big changes coming our way. Rain, maybe snow, and that is just the start. Lieutenants go right to -- let's go right to mike wankum in the weather center. The coastal flooding is because of the high astronomical tides going on. Fortunately this is not an ocean storm which would make it a worse situation. The story tonight is look at pocket of cold air and the area of warm air. The warm air tried to surge in. As it rises over the top of the dome of cold air, a little bit of drizzle. More importantly, a lot of fog. Because of that the national weather service issued a fog advisory everywhere except just along the coast. The visibilities going down, down, down in areas until 1:00 in the morning. Then the wind shifts around and push this out of here. Boston visibility down to a mile and a half. Less than 3/10-mile in worcester. More rain coming in. Going to start as rain. Rain overnight tonight through tomorrow morning and comes in in two batches. There is the first right there. The second batch, this starts to cap into the cold air and that means we could be talking about snow as we talk about friday night into saturday morning. I will have estimates on how much I think will be falling in a few minutes. Sky 5 in dorchester. The scene of an unusual rescue earlier today. Fire crews needed an aerial ladder to lift an injured man from the roof of a building. Once on the ground he was treat and taken to a local hospital. It is unclear as to why the man was on the roof in the first place. It has become an unwelcome holiday tradition in quincy. Someone has stolen statues from the nativity scene. In the past it was just the baby jesus that was taken. This time, mary and joseph were taken, too. Pam, any plow gres on the investigation? Police are calling on the public nor help. Take look at the manger. There is a lot of space there. A hole right in the heart of quincy's christmas. If they saw migu anything, the animals aren't staying. All three statues of the holy family, mary, joseph and the infant gone, stolen during a 90 minute period overnight. Only baby jesus was bolted down. The other one is heavy and will take at least two people to pick them up. This is no joke. There is a police report and they looking. People just can't leave things alone. I think people are bored. Mind your business and just leave things alone. If this story sounds familiar there is a reason. The infant statue was a frequent target. It was stolen last year, recovered in a cemetery, the big toe was gone. It was taken in 2005 and gently put back in place, bolted down. Before that, 2004, pulled from the river. But this time, three figures and a lamb stolen. Quincy residents are both annoyed and resigned. I think it goes with the season so let's do it just because we have done it every year. And she is opposed to it and thinks it is pad. The shepherd, too, was pulledpy the thieves and left on the sidewalk. The maintenance crews were able to pull him back and put him back into place. In you know anything about the missing statues, call the quincy police tipline. Reporting live in quincy, pam cross, wcvb newscenter5. And still ahead here on newscenter5 at 5:00. A rescue in the florida everglades. Why efforts to steer dozens of pilot whales to safety is so delicate. Thank you can't afford to eat healthy? Think again. Then at 5:30. Disturbing find. White danger isn't over after the discovery of a stolen hazardous waste truck. An unlikely contender. Meet the singer from cambridge who is a finalist in the biggest talent competition in the middle east. Let's take you live, though, to boston common and we are stuffing a truck today to make sure that every child is remembered this holiday season. We are on the commons at a collection center. Easy to see the truck. We want to get back to the breaking news we have been talking about throughout the newscast. Of course, nelson mandela passed away at the page of 95. We have known for some time now that he has been in poor health. A live look inside the white house. Reporters are standing up and preparing for the president. We got the two minute warning a little more than a minute and a half or so. The president will be coming out to speak about nelson mandela. You have seen the video, the picture of mrs. Obama with nelson mandela. Very heart-warming moments. A man who brought so much to this world. A man whose peaceful being and his just benevolent countance was unmatched. Here is president obama react together passing of nelson mandela. At his trial in 1964, nelson mandela closed a statement from the dock saying I have fought against white domination, and i have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. Nelson mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. He achieved more than could be expected of any man. And today he has gone home and we lost one of the most influencual, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us h share time with on this earth. He no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. Through his fierce dignity, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. His journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human begs and countries -- beings and countries can change for the better. His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. The fact that he did it all with grace and good humor and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. As he once said, I'm not a saint unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. My first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. I would study his words and his writings. The day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human be beings can do when guided by their hope and not by their fears. I cannot fully imagine my life without the example that nelson mandela set. So long as I live I will do whatever I can to learn from him. To michelle and his family, michelle and I extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude for sharing this extraordinary man with us. His life's work meant long days away from those who loved him most. I hope that the time spent with him these last few weeks brought peace and comfort to his family. To the people in south africa, we draw strength from the example of renewal and reconciliation and resilience that you made real. A free south africa at peace with itself. That is an example to the world. And that is madiba's legacy to the nation that he loved. We will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. So it falls to us as best we can to fore the example that he set tortion make decisions guided not by hate but by love. Never discount the difference that one person can make. Strive for a future that it worthy of his sacrifice. For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived. A man who took history in his hands. And bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. May god bless his memory and keep him in peace. You are listening to the president. He said today he has gone home. And said he no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages. He spoke about how he was a great example to him and his first political encounter was an antiapartheid rally. We are continuing to follow the passing of nelson mandela. We learned of this news roughly 45 minutes or so ago. The passing of nelson mandela. He had been ill. It wasn't that it was a surprise, it was just that the finality of it brings to a conclusion a remarkable life. A life that will never be forgotten but a remarkable life nonetheless. Over the summer a lot of people expected this to happen. You saw the crush of reporters in south africa at that time. It didn't happen then, it is happening now yet it still comes not so much as a surprise but still very impactful to everyone who followed his life and what he had done and what a great figure he has been for the people. Willard johnson a professor of political science at m.I.T. Is on the phone with us right now. Professor, as president obama just said, he was profoundly good. What an incredible model i think for political leadership around the world. Particularly when you think about the transition that south africa itself had to come to. When I first engaged myself as a student at ucla, with the south african issue they were considered a skunk among nations. But it emerged now under his leadership as a model for justice and equity and fair play. In almost every dimension. It is incredible. Not that a sporting event is a single important event but to have something like the world cup in south africa was quite the statement and nelson mandela was as happy as anyone during that. That is a good symbol because obviously the country was in that sense rehabilitated. But what south of a africa also found was that they were appreciated and had a role to play in the rest of the continent as well which they never do kohler have ha -- they never could have had under the racist dispensation as they would call it. He had a quote, the president saying that nelson mandela would say I'm not a saint unless you consider a saint a sinner who keeps on trying. He had a humility about him. Absolutely. Absolutely. I think, you know, friend and foe and there were fewer and fewer foes, came to recognize

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