Paine College faculty reacts to death of Mandela

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) - "We have lost somebody who's a model to the African leaders," said Doctor Elias Etinge, who works at Paine College.

A leader to the world and someone Doctor Etinge says changed it for the better.

"He symbolized a way of fighting without advocating violence," he told News 12's Patrick Price.

Mandela spent 27 years as a prisoner in South Africa for opposing the countries segregation laws.

Shortly before, Etinge moved to the states in the 1974, a prime time for Mandela whose vision was for the people of an African country to live in equality

"The vision has come to pass in the sense that, he wanted a nation where blacks and whites could live together," Etinge said.

He succeeded in South Africa but not everyone has adpoted Mandela's beliefs.

"Unfortunately, his vision has not transcended to other parts of Africa," he said.

Etinge says the loss of Mandela is hard, but his wisdom and his perservence give hope to other countries in africa -- and people everywhere who might be inspired by his life.

"Some countries especially in East Africa and South Africa, they're trying to model towards Mandelas attitude," he said.