Short-Wave radio news (VOA, DW, and the faint and feeble BBC) has been dominated by the fulsome encomia of the political and moral pygmies known as 'World Leaders'. No-one has had the bad taste to say that, in the natural course of events, (if there can still be said to be such a thing) Mandela would have died some time ago. He was being kept alive until an opportune moment. We can assume then that the quarrel over his burial place has been settled.
The world is poorer for his passing. We must hope that the Jewish belief that there are always seven just men in the world is true, and that one as great as he is now growing up. But Nelson Mandela will be a hard act to follow.