Nelson Mandela death: Peter Hain remembers 'icon'
6 December 2013 Last updated at 07:03 GMT
Nelson Mandela was a "bright beacon of liberty and justice shining across the world", said MP and lifelong anti-Apartheid activist Peter Hain.
The Neath MP learned of his family friend's death at the age of 95 while attending the royal premiere of a film about Mr Mandela's life.
He had been to the royal premiere of the Mandela biographical film, the Long Road to Freedom in London on Thursday night, when he heard the news.
Mr Hain spoke to BBC Wales political reporter Carl Roberts.