Mr. Mandela fought hard and long to bring freedom to the people of South Africa. At the beginning of his rise, South Africa was always governed by its Caucasian minority. He transcended the struggles of his life and kept his eyes on equality and freedom for his countrymen and women. His life will always serve as a shining example of the ability to forgive, for being progressive and for having compassion. In deep respect, the world says a reluctant goodbye to this icon.