As it happened: Mandela death reaction

Key Points

  • Millions of people in South Africa and around the world are mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, at the age of 95
  • Crowds have formed outside Mr Mandela's house in Johannesburg since news first broke that he died late on Thursday
  • Mr Mandela was elected South Africa's first black president after he spent 27 years in prison
  • Official mourning is expected to last 10 days and a state funeral will be held on Sunday 15 December, President Zuma has said
  • World leaders have paid tribute, including President Obama who said Mr Mandela embodied the "promise of change for the better"
  • All times in GMT

    Welcome to our continuing coverage of the reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela who has died at age 95. You'll be able to read the best of the world media's coverage and tributes as they come in from around the world. For the early reaction as it happened on Thursday you can follow it as-it-happened here.


    Russian President Vladimir Putin hails Nelson Mandela as "one of the greatest politicians in modern times". "Mandela, having gone through the most difficult ordeals, was committed to the end of his days to the ideals of humanism and justice."

    tribute outside South African embassy in Beijing

    Chinese state media have paid tribute to an "old friend" of China. They describe Mr Mandela as an admirer of the Chinese communist revolution. You can read more here.

    The Queen with Nelson Mandela in 1996

    The Queen describes the former South African president as someone who "worked tirelessly for the good of his country". She adds: "His legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today." A statement issued by Buckingham Palace says: "Her Majesty remembers with great warmth her meetings with Mr Mandela and sends her sincere condolences to his family and the people of South Africa at this very sad time."


    Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Nelson Mandela's death: "Nelson Mandela was a great figure. Even though he was imprisoned for a long time, there was no resentment in him. Nelson Mandela was a great reconciler, a true democrat and a unifying figure that must be remembered in the history of the world's politics."

    A man reading The Star

    People are gathering in Soweto where people chanted "Madiba", Nelson Mandela's clan name, as they heard news of his death. Here a man reads the news in The Star.


    A reminder that for the best of the BBC's coverage and the latest images from South Africa and the rest of the world, you can read our main story here.

    Doreen Lawrence on the Stephen Lawrence Trust's Twitter page

    said: Mandela a man of justice and peace. Rest in peace." ~Baroness Lawrence #RIP #NelsonMandela #Mandela #Madiba...


    Paul Boateng, a former British High Commissioner to South Africa, tells BBC World: "You always have to see Nelson Mandela as at the summit of a very special movement. That movement will survive him."


    Prince Charles has added his words to the Queen's earlier tribute. He says Mr Mandela was "the embodiment of courage and reconciliation", adding: "The world has lost an inspired leader and a great man. My family and I are profoundly saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."


    The BBC's Will Ross in Soweto says there is a mood of sadness but also of celebration, with people singing liberation songs from the 1980s.


    Football's world governing body, Fifa, has said flags will be flown at half mast and a minute's silence will be observed before the next round of international matches, in tribute to Nelson Mandela.

    Soweto crowds

    And here's a shot from the township where people are marching and chanting.

    Zelda la Grange with Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela's former private secretary Zelda la Grange pays tribute to the late president. "Nelson Mandela did not demand loyalty, but he inspired profound and unwavering loyalty from everybody whose life he touched," she tells South Africa's Mail and Guardian.

    Tony Blair with Nelson Mandela

    Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme Mr Mandela was "always very respectful" even when they disagreed. "Iraq, Kosovo - it was intervention he disagreed with.. but there was a lot we agreed on," he says. "He was very grateful for the support the Labour Party gave him at the time the Conservatives were on the other side of the argument."


    You can look back on Mr Mandela's extraordinary life in pictures in this BBC gallery.


    Yvonne Chaka Chaka, a South African performer who sang at Mr Mandela's 85th birthday party has remembered how the former president told white and black South Africans "We ought to be working together," when he was released from prison in 1990. "It's going to take 1,000 years to get another man like that," she tells the BBC.

    Ahmed Ngalawango in Ntcheu, Malawi

    emails: Nelson Mandela was a remarkable person, humble and modesty. He lived for others - a very selfless human being. I will miss you Madiba. May your soul rest in eternal peace.

    Mandela's house in Soweto

    Mourners and members of the world's media are gathered outside the Soweto house of Mr Mandela


    The President of Cuba, Raul Castro - whose brother Fidel formed a strong bond with Nelson Mandela - says: "With deep sorrow I convey my heartfelt condolences for the passing away of Nelson Mandela for whom the Cuban people profess deep respect and admiration."

    south african flags

    In Cape Town and across South Africa flags are flying at half mast as the country marks Mr Mandela's passing.

    Google Earth

    tweets: "The Eiffel Tower has been lit up in the colours of the South African flag to grieve over Nelson Mandela's death."

    eiffel tower
    Walter in Nigeria

    texts: Whenever Madiba is being talked about, I get very emotional to the point of tears. Today, I am actually shedding those tears.


    Nelson Mandela's death is being felt around the world. In Pakistan, the National Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution expressing grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Mr Mandela.


    The Chinese people are grieving over the loss of their "old friend" Nelson Mandela, China's Premier Li Keqiang says, according to the Xinhua news agency. "Mandela is not only admired by the South African people, but also respected by people from all over the world."

    Daniel Akau in Juba, South Sudan

    emails: The death of Nelson Madiba Mandela not only reminds us of a man who fought for human rights and social justice for the liberation of South Africa but also the epitome of human good conscience that cares for entire well being of human beings worldwide regardless of colour, religion, tribe and status quo.


    Nkosinathi Biko, the son of South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, tells the BBC World Service that Nelson Mandela was "the embodiment of hope for the world".

    Muralee, Oxford, UK

    emails: We should remember Nelson Mandela as the first President of the New South Africa, as opposed to referring to his colour; the very notion he fought against.

    Craig Woodhouse, UK journalist

    tweets: "Strange to see - Parliament's Union Flag at half mast. #mandela

    Union flag over Westminster
    Denis Goldberg

    Denis Goldberg, a friend of Nelson Mandela and fellow anti-apartheid activist who spent more than two decades in jail, tells the BBC World Service: "I'm saddened his life has come to an end. But it hasn't come to an end - he lives in our constitution, our society, he lives in the comradeship that he always talked about."

    Amanda Statham, from a London tube station

    tweets: "Notice board at Ealing Common brings a tear to the eye this morning #Mandela."

    Ealing Common tube
    Liz in Suffolk

    texts: My memory of Nelson Mandela will always be at the rugby World Cup when he put on a South African shirt to present cup to Francois Pienaar. A wonderful moment.


    tweets: "In honor of Nelson Mandela, who died today, here is an image of South Africa from #ISS"

    cape town from space

    Former boxing world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali has posted a tribute to Nelson Mandela on his Facebook page. What he will remember most, he says, "is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge".


    Italian newspaper Il Giornale publishes an apology for the wrong headline in its report on Nelson's Mandela's death, in which it referred to him as "the father of apartheid". It says: "We apologise to our readers for the headline. It was a serious mistake"

    Headline from online page of Italian newspaper Il Giornale, apologising for an error in its report of about Nelson Mandela's death

    India will observe five days of state mourning as a mark of respect for Nelson Mandela, the government in Delhi says.

    David Cameron, British Prime Minister

    tweets: "Thank you to the staff at South Africa House where I've signed the Nelson Mandela book of condolence."

    Kenneth Olubusi, Aberdeen, Scotland

    emails: As a black man, I am immensely grateful for Nelson Mandela sacrificing his life so that we, in particular, can stand tall in the society. Tribute to a man that epitomised courage and dignity, persistence and possibility for a free and equal society all around the world. He came, he saw and he conquered.

    flags above downing street

    The South African flag is flying at half mast alongside the union jack on Downing Street.

    Fikru, Adama, Ethiopia

    emails: We have lost our spiritual father. Your spirit be with us forever. God give Africa people like you.

    Makhudu Sefara

    tweets: street posters of #RIPNelsonMandela are being taken off by readers who want to keep them as mementos.


    "He bore his burdens with dignity and grace, and our world is better off because of his example," says former US president George W Bush. "This good man will be missed, but his contributions will live on forever."

    Nate in Hong Kong

    texts: His moral compass pointed out to millions around the world - a moral mandate strong enough to prompt defiance of leaders bent on propping up the apartheid regime.


    The British Prime Minister David Cameron has signed the condolence book for Nelson Mandela at South Africa House in London - outside which campaigners maintained a determined protest during the apartheid era. He wrote: "Your cause of fighting for freedom and against discrimination, your struggle for justice, your triumph against adversity - these things will inspire generations to come. And through all of this your generosity, compassion and profound sense of forgiveness have given us all lessons to learn and live by."

    David Cameron signing condolence book
    Gaca Thabilise

    Gaca Thabilise, deputy principle of a Soweto school near Nelson Mandela's house explains why people are singing and dancing in the township: "It's not because they're happy. But it's a way of expressing our emotions about what happened in our country."


    Ireland's first woman president Mary Robinson, who worked closely with Nelson Mandela, says he was "a huge flirt". She adds: "Why is it that we celebrate that we are so sad, that we feel a loss as if it's a family member? Why are we so bereft? Because he was the best of us. He was the best of our values."

    Misty and Saffron Kesting, Cape Town South Africa

    emails: I have met Nelson Mandela on three occasions but my favourite momory is attending his speech in Grahams Town in 1993. As a South African it has been my privilege to live in a place where history has happened in my lifetime. Madiba, you hold a special place in our hears forever.


    The ANC says President Zuma "will lead a delegation of the National Executive Committee of the ANC to the home of Tata Nelson Mandela this afternoon". The delegation is expected to arrive in Houghton, Johannesburg at 13:00 (11:00GMT)

    Javad Zarif Iranian foreign minister

    tweets: "We in Iran join the people of South Africa in mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, who inspired humanity with his courage & compassion."


    ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu says President Zuma will address the media after his visit. "The president's address will be followed by a briefing from the secretary general of the African National Congress, comrade Gwede Mantashe," he says.

    newspaper stand in London

    Newspaper front pages in London and around the world are dominated by one story today.


    Nelson Mandela's death has had a big impact on the UK's secondary school pupils. Students taking part in BBC News School Report have been giving their reaction to the news. A 14-year-old pupil from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington said: "His passing reminds us of someone who made a great change and impact not only in his country but the world. Whether you knew about him or not, everyone is somehow affected by this loss."

    Seetha Pillay, Durban, South Africa

    I have no political inclinations, am an ordinary Indian citizen but can't stop shedding tears at the passing a man who stood head and shoulders among many in similar positions of authority.

    Joseph Winter BBC News website Africa Editor

    tweets: "What was apartheid? - A 90-second-video guide #RIPNelsonMandela"


    The BBC has a comprehensive roundup of how the press in India have reported Nelson Mandela's death. You can access it here.

    Indian artist Aejaz Saiyed works on a poster featuring the portraits of Nelson Mandela (L) and Mahatma Gandhi on Mandela's 95th birthday in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad July 18, 2013.
    Albert P'Rayan, Chennai, India

    emails: Nelson Mandela was synonymous with freedom and human values. It is very rare to find such a great leader in any part of the world. If the world had a handful of politicians like Nelson Mandela, it would be different and a better place to live in


    South African President Jacob Zuma is expected to make a televised address to the nation at 15:00 local time (13:00GMT).


    The Western Cape's Premier, Helen Zille, has announced 160 sites in Cape Town where South Africans can mourn Nelson Mandela, the Times reports.

    Ross Atkins BBC World

    tweets this video of women singing in Soweto: "The guests with me for Outside Source. So emotional."


    Some more front pages from around the world. Here's a newspaper stand in Lagos, reflecting the global mood.

    Newspaper stand in Lagos

    Boris Johnson, the London mayor, says he was taken out of context when he described Nelson Mandela's presidency as the "majority tyranny of black rule". He's told BBC Radio London: "It has absolutely no bearing on my feelings and admiration for Nelson Mandela which are undimmed and always have been. I think he was a quite remarkable statesman, a unifying and transformatory figure."


    tweets: Foot traffic at #Mandela Square reached peak. There's now a queue to take a pic with the statue. #SABCNews

    Wole Solanke, Lagos. Nigeria

    emails: A man who refused to hate, but struggled to love in order to achieve not his personal ambition, but the ambition of his people to be free. As Madiba goes home, I salute him as the one man who though his book, the 'Long Walk to Freedom' touched me, touched millions like me, and above all, cost me a day's wages as I could not put down the book till I finished reading it.

    Desmond Tutu

    An emotional Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the long-time anti-apartheid campaigner, says: "Like the most precious diamond... The Madiba who emerged from prison in January 1990 was virtually flawless."


    Pope Francis has issued a statement saying it was "with great sadness that I learned of the death of former President Nelson Mandela". He paid tribute to "the steadfast commitment" shown by Mr Mandela "in promoting the human dignity of all nations' citizens, and in forging a new South Africa built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth."


    Some more from Archbishop Tutu, who was less kind about some ANC politicians Mr Mandela worked with. He said one of the president's weaknesses was his loyalty to colleagues. "He retained in his cabinet underperforming, frankly incompetent, ministers. His tolerance of mediocrity arguably laid the seeds for the greater levels of mediocrity and corruptibility that were to come," he told reporters.


    Crowds have gathered outside the Victor Verster prison in Cape Town, the jail where Nelson Mandela was released from captivity in 1990. Flowers and notes have been laid outside the prison. One reads: "We'll miss you Madiba - may your spirit soar like an eagle," says the BBC World Service's Rebecca Kesby who is there.


    "I pray that the late president's example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations," adds Pope Francis in his statement.


    The Premier League in England says a minute's applause will be held before kick-off at all 10 weekend Premier League football matches in tribute to Nelson Mandela.

    Desmond Tut Archbishop Desmond Tutu holds a mass vigil at Cape Town's Anglican St George's Cathedral
    Sky Sports News

    tweets: And the Premier League confirms there will be a minute's applause ahead of each game this weekend to honour Nelson Mandela #SSN

    Mohammed Taj, London, UK

    emails: Madiba, you gave hope when there was none, you were their inspiration when your people were abandoned by the world. You are and always will a true heavyweight. I am honoured and humbled to have lived in your shadow.


    Here's a round-up of the tributes to Nelson Mandela paid by current and former leaders from all around the world, including the former US president Bill Clinton

    Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton visit the former South African president's cell on Robben Island in 1998
    flowers on the street

    Let's have a look at some the most striking images from around the world as people celebrate the life of democratic South Africa's first president. Flowers have been laid outside the South African embassy in Berlin.

    ireland flag

    Flags are flying at half mast on government buildings in Dublin, Ireland.

    poster of nelson mandeal

    In Paris, a giant portrait of the late former South African president hangs on the facade of the French foreign ministry, the Quai d'Orsay.

    schoolgirl  holding a portrait of Mr Mandela

    In India, children pray in an Ahmadabad classroom

    eu flags at half mast

    The European Commission is flying its EU flags at half mast in Brussels

    a man walks past a chinese poster of nelson mandela

    In China, Nelson Mandela has been remembered as a friend of the country who praised its communist revolution. Flowers have been laid at the South African embassy in Beijing.

    Samuel Kolli, Zurich, Switzerland

    emails: For me, he lives on not only as an icon of courage and humility but also as a statesman who inspired fellow Africans to seize the day and banish the blame game of the colonial past.

    man holding newspapers by a street

    A newspaper seller in Kenya where front page tributes echo those from across the world


    This is a statement about Nelson Mandela by the Afghan President Hamid Karzai: "An icon of our time, for man's dignity, equality and freedom. A selfless human being, who struggled not only for the black South Africans against apartheid, but for the dignity of all of us. History will throw a very kind light on him."


    In Zimbabwe, the death of Nelson Mandela is placed second on the website of state broadcaster ZBC. It leads instead with plans for the funeral of a figure from the country's independence struggle, Brig Gen Misheck Tanyanyiwa. The general died last week in China where he was the country's defence attaché. Nelson Mandela was critical of President Robert Mugabe's rule, saying in 2008 that it was a "tragic failure of leadership".

    Gabriel Gatehouse BBC correspondent

    tweets: Crowds continue to gather outside Mandela's Houghton home

    Joana Paula, Brazil

    emails: Nelson Mandela leaves many lessons and one of them says it's possible to fight for a society that's more just, where the value of people is not measured by their origin, skin colour or social status. Mandela believed in an ideal of justice and made it happen. His mission was accomplished and his example will surely stay with us.

    1315: Gedefaw in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    emails: Mr Mandela will be taken as a model for many African Leaders, he showed them and the world forgiveness, love, dedication, and peace. South Africans were lucky enough to have had such a devoted and democrat leader.


    Read about the transition of Nelson Mandela's "muted" approach to HIV/Aids issues to him becoming one of the foremost campaigners against the disease in this BBC feature.

    Nelson Mandela in October 2003
    1318: Biola, Cape Town, South Africa

    emails: My favourite description of what Mandela stood for came from my then-five-year-old: "He made bad guys very scared because he said people should be free to be any colour they want - blue or pink or brown or yellow. The bad guys didn't want people to hear that because then they couldn't be the boss of everybody. So they put Mandela in prison. But he didn't stop telling people they were free."

    1320: Breaking News

    South African President Jacob Zuma said in a live television address that Nelson Mandela would be laid to rest on Sunday 15 December in Qunu in Eastern Cape province.


    President Zuma said the official memorial service will be held on 10 December in Johannesburg. From 11-13 December, Mandela's body will lie in state in the Union Buildings in Pretoria.


    South African President Jacob Zuma said: "We sincerely thank all South Africans for the dignified manner in which they have responded to the monumental loss of this international icon who was a symbol of reconciliation, unity, love, human rights and justice in our country and in the world."

    President Zuma

    President Zuma called for a day of "prayer and reflection" on Sunday 8 December.


    A powerful front page from this week's New Yorker magazine, showing Nelson Mandela giving the ANC's iconic raised fist salute.

    Nelson Mandela

    The official memorial service will take place at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium - the site of the 2010 World Cup final.

    Tumsifu, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    emails: Nelson Mandela was special person one in trillion, a person who has proven that unity can not be built in hatred and selfishness. He built a nation from the deep divides of apartheid with hope and forgiveness.Rest in Peace our African Father.


    Nelson Mandela personally tried to stop the Iraq war, a former Chinese ambassador to South Africa tells the BBC World Service. In 2002 Mandela "tried to phone George Bush but failed," says Liu Guijin - now China's special envoy to Africa. "So he phoned the old Bush (George Snr) and asked him to teach his son a lesson not to be that aggressive."

    Marcelle Feenstra, Pretoria ,South Africa

    emails: Madiba was a very special man. My husband and I met him at a business conference. He was busy speaking to someone and he shook my husband's hand and held it until the other person had finished talking, just to make us feel important. He touched many peoples' lives in this manner. Everyone was special to him.


    Pupils in the UK have been sending their thoughts, reflections and even poems to the BBC. You can read them on the BBC's School Report live page

    marchers in soweto

    The mood in Soweto is "almost like a street party" as people celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, says World Service presenter Ros Atkins who is outside Mr Mandela's old house. One local resident remembers the day she witnessed the former president's release from jail: "When I saw him I saw freedom."


    "Nelson Mandela taught all of us that even though you have disagreements and you are in an adversarial position with each other, sooner or later you've got to resolve those adversarial positions and join hands to move forward." So says former US Secretary of State Colin Powell speaking to the BBC World Service.


    The mood in Soweto certainly does look joyous. This picture from the BBC's Kelvin Brown captures the atmosphere in Vilakazi Street where he says people have "turned up to celebrate" Nelson Mandela's life.

    celebratory scenes in Soweto

    When it came to sport, Nelson Mandela had the ability to inspire. Boxer Muhammad Ali, himself a role model for so many, said Mandela inspired others to "reach for what appeared to be impossible". Footballer Pele said: "He was my hero, my friend."

    Karin Lachmising, Paramaribo, Suriname

    emails: In 1990 I sat in front of my television, I was living in Holland at that moment.. and watched how miles and miles away from me Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and tears started flowing. Now 2013 I am again sitting alone in front of my TV, now living in Suriname, and tears flow again.


    Nelson Mandela's death is being felt all over the world, marked here in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah.

    an israeli soldier gestures to a palestinian behind razor wire

    "Mandela held a turbulent country together during the dangerous years 1990-94," writes J.M. Coetzee, novelist renowned for his unsparing recording of the impact of apartheid on South Africa.

    James Anthony, London

    sent us this picture of the flowers that have been laid today at the foot of the Mandela statue in Parliament Square, London, UK

    Woman laying flowers at Mandela statue

    CBC news has posted audio online from 1990, the night Mandela's plane stopped to refuel in northern Canada and greeted Inuit leaders.


    You can read a collection of twitter tributes to Nelson Mandela by US politicians on the Talking Points Memo website.


    BBC newsreader Corrie Corfield, who lived and worked in South Africa from 1991-1995, has written a blog explaining why Nelson Mandela meant so much to her.

    Daniel Howden of The Economist

    tweets: Priest at Mandela home: To those who have faith he was a miracle, to those without he surpassed all human expectation

    Daniel Del Piccolo, Portsmouth, England

    emails: I met Nelson Mandela by chance in Johannesburg in the nineties. He spoke to me for ten minutes and in that time he truly inspired me to work hard, and make the most of what I have in life.

    When I met him, I was still in my final year at school and I was walking to a restaurant I worked in on some evenings. He told me how proud it made him to see a school goer working and then told me about how far he used to have to walk when he was a child to get things.


    A man wears keyrings showing Mandela's face taped to his ears as earrings, during celebrations of Mandela's life outside his old house in Soweto.

    A man wears keyrings showing the face of Nelson Mandela taped to his ears to mimic earrings as he and others celebrate his life, in the street outside his old house in Soweto

    Listen to the singing outside Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton, Johannesburg - recorded by The Economist's East Africa correspondent Daniel Howden.

    Roslyn, Trinidad and Tobago

    emails: I had the pleasure of meeting Nelson Mandela on his first attendance at the UN General Assembly in New York as President of South Africa. With the alphabetical seating in the Assembly Hall South Africa was smack in front of Trinidad and Tobago. I was so inspired to greet him and be the recipient of that signature smile and warmth from him. It was my best memory of my tenure as a delegate to the UN from 1993-2002. He was one of the greatest men in my time and I feel privileged to have met him.

    James Anthony, London, UK
    People gathered around the Mandela statue in Parliament Square

    People have gathered in front of the statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square in London, UK, to pay their respects.


    Journalist Juan Williams writes in The Wall Street Journal about his three days with Nelson Mandela in February 1990, following his release after 27 years in prison. Read the article here


    VIDEO: Thousands of mourners have gathered outside Nelson Mandela's home since his death was announced, as the BBC's Will Ross reports

    Michelle Chetty, Tugela, South Africa

    Tata Madiba, I am going to miss you so much, you are an inspiration in my life, in school I studied history and the things I've learned about you were mind blowing... You are the father of our nation, you fought for us to be free and live in unity... I cry today because of all you have done... your legacy will live on forever. Our nation has lost its greatest son.


    VIDEO: Afghan President Hamid Karzai pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, saying "history will throw a very kind light on him".

    Mark Mardell North America editor

    tweets: New York to name school for social justice after Mandela

    Firdose Moonda of ESPN

    tweets: Sunday - scheduled to be the second ODI (one-day international) between SA and India - has been declared a national day of prayer and reflection.


    The New Scientist magazine has published an article that looks at "Mandela's unsung legacy of science in Africa"

    Sthembiso Sithole of SABC

    tweets: Parliament will host a special joint sitting on Monday afternoon to commemorate the life of Mandela #SABCNews


    The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has set up a Storify page of tributes to Nelson Mandela from around the world


    BBC Sport looks back on Mandela's influence on the sporting world in pictures

    Nelson Mandela pictured in 1950 Nelson Mandela pictured in 1950

    "Egypt declares three-day mourning over the death of Nelson Mandela," Egyptian state-run Nile News TV reports


    The BBC's World Have Your Say programme is live from Soweto on BBC World TV at 15:00 GMT asking what Nelson Mandela meant to you. To get in touch Tweet using the hashtag #WHYS, record / upload video here, or send video on WhatsApp: +447730751925 or email video to

    Kim Ghattas BBC state department correspondent

    tweets: Striking to hear Colin Powell on @bbcworldservice say it was right at the time to put Mandela on terror list. Things change, he said.


    Flags at the UN headquarters in New York are being lowered in memory of Mandela.


    While world leaders address their nations on Nelson Mandela, how will teachers do the same with their students? Mashable has spoken to several teachers from around the world

    Laurie Lee of the Gates Foundation

    tweets: Nelson Mandela 2005 #MakePovertyHistory Speech in Trafalgar Square "while there is poverty, inequality none can rest"


    Mother Jones carries an article "Nelson Mandela's Epitaph in his Own Words" - remembering Mandela with the epic 1964 speech he believed might be his last.


    in Washington DC sent this text: "I walked with my grandfather in Kwa-Natal to cast his vote for the first multi-racial election. I was 16 years old and proudly South African. Nelson Mandela is our last freedom hero, my father's hero, the people's president and the world's most respected man. Rest in peace and thank you Madiba for the lessons you leave behind."


    The covers of newspapers and magazines are one of the most enduring public memorials to global heroes, writes The Week as it samples some of the world's front pages.

    Front pages of international newspapers and magazines

    UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says the greatest tribute to Mandela is to "uphold the values that he literally put his life on the line for - of compassion, of equality and humanity".


    "As a black South African born as apartheid was coming to an end, it feels to me like an out-of-body experience," writes the BBC's Pumza Fihlani from outside Mandela's former home in Soweto.

    A well-wisher writes a message on a poster of Nelson Mandela on which she and others have written their messages of condolence and support, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa Friday, 6 December 2013

    from Cheltenham, UK, met Nelson Mandela while working at Birmingham Airport: "I was on duty at the VIP lounge when his aircraft landed. As I stood by the door this tower of a man walked towards me, and with a smile that lit up the room, he asked me if I had been waiting just for him. I replied: "Yes sir just for you". Five minutes later a small plate of biscuits was bought out to me with the compliments of the president. I will never forget this man or indeed his smile."


    Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, who has been with the Mandela family, tells @BBC_WHYS that Mandela was a fighter in a broad sense - he was a disciplined, principled human being who felt no-one should be demeaned or excluded.

    Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
    Mark Mardell North America editor

    tweets: America wasn't united in admiration for Mandela during the cold war - read Foreign Policy's "apartheid amnesia"


    Former UK high commissioner to South Africa, Lord Renwick, recalls Mandela's first meeting with former PM Margaret Thatcher lasting so long, journalists outside Downing Street started to chant: "Free Nelson Mandela".


    Nelson Mandela was undeniably great but he doesn't need a halo, writes Michael Moynihan in The Daily Beast. "He was also a friend of Gaddafi and Castro, and we must accept his shortcomings to truly fathom his accomplishments."

    The BBC's Bilal Sarwary

    tweets: #AFG Nelson Mandela with late professor Burhanudin Rabbani ex president of Afghanistan. Photo via@SalahRabbani

    Nelson Mandela with Late professor Burhanudin Rabbani

    The Guardian's diplomatic editor Julian Borger writes Nelson's Mandela death has brought together all sides of the British political spectrum in shared tribute, "obscuring a far less harmonious history in which attitudes towards the South African leader during the apartheid years divided along bitter ideological lines".


    Also in the Daily Beast, Peter Beinart writes about the mixed legacy of the US government's response to the ANC and Nelson Mandela: "In South Africa, the Cold War was something utterly different. In South Africa, for decades, American presidents backed apartheid in the name of anti-communism. Indeed, the language of the Cold War proved so morally corrupting that in 1981, Reagan, without irony, called South Africa's monstrous regime "essential to the free world"."


    Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, receiving a human rights award in Washington, is expected to speak shortly on Nelson Mandela.


    From prisoner to president: the BBC looks back at Nelson Mandela's journey in video and pictures

    Nelson Mandela
    Wyre Davies Rio de Janeiro correspondent

    tweets: Spontaneous applause for #Mandela before the start of the #FIFA World Cup draw in #Brazil - then a video of his role in SA World Cup. Nice.


    Former South Africa rugby union captain Francois Pienaar recalls the moment he received the World Cup trophy from Nelson Mandela in 1995. With Mr Mandela wearing the Springbok rugby jersey that had been largely associated with white South Africans, the two men embraced in what became "an iconic image of national success, unity and reconciliation that resonates with all South Africans", he said. "I will always be profoundly grateful for the personal role Nelson Mandela has played in my life, as my president and my example."

    Francois Pienaar of South Africa receives the William Webb Ellis Trophy from President Nelson Mandela after the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and New Zealand, held on 24 June 1995 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    "It was sort of like more than the pope," Joel Charny says of Mandela's visit to Boston in 1990. Read more about Mandela's impact on Americans outside Washington.

    Sithandiwe Njobeni

    emailed from Queenstown, South Africa: "I remember as a young medical student, as he turned 70-something, my friends and I decided to call Mandela and sing 'happy birthday' to him, which we did with our off key voices and much laughter. He was very special to us as South Africans, everyone's beloved Tata."


    Among the many tributes paid to Nelson Mandela, few have touched on his role as a fashion icon. Except in Indonesia, where he is fondly remembered for helping to bring the nation's trademark colourful batik shirts to a global audience

    Nelson Mandela
    Katty Kay Presenter, BBC World News

    tweets: Mandela admired much in America but he could also be very critical via @BuzzFeed


    "I don't know why they hated us" - South African Ntshimane Molala tells the BBC about life under apartheid


    "He taught us courage in his fight for the South African people. He also taught us forgiveness" - Senegal President Macky Sall remembers Nelson Mandela to BBC World Service reporter Mary Harper, at a security summit in Paris.


    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, speaking in Washington, said Mandela's "presence on earth will be sorely missed but his lessons will endure in the hearts of millions".


    US President Barack Obama and his wife will travel to South Africa next week "to pay their respects... and to participate in memorial events" for Mandela, the White House announces.


    tweets: "The entire world, including the social world, continues to talk about #Mandela"

    Social media map

    "You just couldn't tear Nelson from the people" - Memories from the women who loved Mandela

    Nelson Mandela's former wives
    Elaine Simpson

    emailed her story: "In 1983 I married a 'man of colour'. We had to pretend he was the gardener in case anybody saw and reported us, as it was still illegal to be in a marriage of mixed race. My eldest was born in 1984 and had limits on where she could go and what she could do. When my youngest was born in 1996 it was into a free South Africa. I mourn a great man who made the lives of all so different and free."


    Receiving the Lantos Prize for Human Rights and Justice, Hillary Clinton says Mandela "was a giant among us - someone who by the power of his example demonstrated unequivocally how each of us can choose how we will respond to those injustices and grievances, those sorrows and tragedies that inflict all of human kind."


    Hillary Clinton, the former US secretary of state, says she was always struck by Mandela's "extraordinary depth of his self-knowledge" and how hard he worked to live a life of service.


    More from Hillary Clinton: "Mandela told many people that he had to learn to forgive, and he had to leave his anger behind when he walked out of prison... or he would have remained a prisoner."

    Ugochukwu Nwanya in Japan

    emails: "I am not crying for his death because he lived a long and fulfilled life. I am crying because of the profound meaning of his life. He broke the stronghold of the apartheid regime that was filled with hatred, and liberated his people.


    How Mandela tried to stop the Iraq war, according to Liu Guijin, China's special envoy to Africa. Listen to the interview on the BBC World Service's Newshour.


    Mandela was the "first person to make racism not just seem wrong and bigoted, but also stupid, old-fashioned, irrelevant," former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair tells BBC World TV.


    Tony Blair said Mandela told him that "a major part of any proper reconciliation was a genuine human desire for people to come together and not to forget the past but to forgive it and to move on".


    Veteran British journalist Jon Snow, who reported on Mandela's walk to freedom, reflects on the "the man who inspired my generation" in his Channel 4 blog.


    Flowers and tributes are left for Nelson Mandela at South Africa's High Commission in London.

    Flowers and tributes are left for Nelson Mandela at South Africa's High Commission in London

    "When Nelson Mandela was finally released, feelings in South Africa were boiling: feelings of hatred, a thirst for revenge, a burning desire to discriminate against those who had so ruthlessly discriminated against us. I shared some of those feelings - it was hard not to, after living so many long years under apartheid. But Nelson Mandela refused to go down that path," says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement.


    VIDEO: BBC reporter Nomsa Maseko recalls how, as a 10-year-old girl in South Africa, her mother told her that the anti-apartheid icon had been released, and said: "Now you are free."

    Nomsa Maseko

    Music, Movies, and Mandela - The Wall Street Journal examines Mr Mandela's influence on pop culture.

    Morgan Freeman US actor Morgan Freeman played Mandela in Invictus

    South Africa's national carrier, SA Airways, is to put on extra flights to Eastern Cape to enable the invited mourners to attend Mandela's funeral in his home village of Qunu.

    The BBC's Ros Atkins

    tweets: Vilakazi Street heaving in Soweto as night falls. #nelsonmandela


    Listen LIVE to a BBC World Service special programme from Soweto remembering the life of Nelson Mandela. You can get in touch with the programme on Twitter using hashtag #WHYS or send a message via WhatsApp +447730751925

    Richard Moore from Manchester

    saw Nelson Mandela released from prison and later had the opportunity to meet him. He said: "I was with my four-year-old son Josh when we met him. He came through the crowd, spoke to me and took Josh from my arms and spoke to him for a couple of minutes. I have met presidents before but I can honestly say Mr Mandela was the most genuinely humble man I have ever met."


    Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta sends condolences to Mandela's family, friends and the South African people, "Mandela lived an extra-ordinary life in an ordinary way," he says.

    BBC Senior World Affairs producer Stuart Hughes

    tweets: "Everything but kitchen sink packed for night flight to Jo'burg along w half the world's media".

    Stuart Hughes kit

    "The very first time I met him in prison... although I was expecting to see an embittered, angry man, what I saw instead was a man that exuded confidence and dignity" - former Commonwealth Secretary General Chief Emeka Anyaoku tells World Have your Say on BBC World Service.


    A photo of Nelson Mandela is projected on to the facade of Paris' town hall on Friday.

    An image of late South African President Nelson Mandela is projected on the facade of Paris town hall 6 December 2013

    Take a look at this video snapshot of what was being said on Twitter in the 60 seconds before Mandela's death was officially announced. By #BBCTrending


    South African Broadcasting Corporation's Njanji Chauke tweets: "#ZiggyMaqabe & 2 year-old Oratile laying wreaths at a makeshift shrine #Mandela"

    ZiggyMaqabe & 2 year-old Oratile laying wreaths

    Hundreds of students involved in the BBC's School Report project pay tribute to Mandela.


    Prince Charles says "the world will be a poorer place" without Mandela, but adds that he has "nothing but the happiest and fondest memories" of him.

    George Alagiah BBC News

    tweets: "On my way to airport to cover #Mandela passing. He once said to me: 'in prison I learnt to think thru my brain, not my blood'.

    Lisa Wilson from Durban, South Africa

    emails: South Africa is enveloped in sadness and tears. A blanket of a sombre feeling today with the death of such a great man. Death usually affects only a few family members and friends. Here, now, South Africans are grieving for their Father as an entire nation of 49 million free people. We are feeling this personally; tears flow freely. It is an emotional experience the world shall never feel again.


    "Let's think about his family, his wife, his children. They sacrificed a lot for us. Mandela belonged to us and they suffered because of that" - BBC Africa's Farouk Chothia.


    Listen to the BBC World Service documentary "The Life of Nelson Mandela," by the BBC's former South Africa Correspondent, Allan Little.

    A woman looks at a statue of South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela at South Bank in London

    At the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about America's reaction to Mandela, including after his death, through the country's own history of racism: "For many years, a large swath of this country failed Nelson Mandela, failed its own alleged morality, and failed the majority of people living in South Africa."


    The flag is lowered to half mast at the UN building in New York in memory of Nelson Mandela.

    UN flag flies at half mast in New York
    1930: Pumza Fihlani BBC News, Johannesburg

    tweets: Heavy police presence where several hundred have gathered near #Mandela's Soweto home. Looks set to be an all night affair. More arriving

    1940: Pierre de Vos

    tweets: This picture, I sometime think, sustained me in the early days of diagnosis.

    Nelson Mandela

    The New York Times publishes a striking gallery of some of the posters used in a global anti-apartheid campaign during his 27-year incarceration.

    Mandela's struggles in Posters - New York Times

    The Washington Post urges its readers to "Watch this delightful video of an 81-year-old Nelson Mandela dancing on stage" with South African musician Johnny Clegg.

    2011: Justin Forsyth of Save the Children

    tweets: Free Nelson Mandela ringing out over Bouar in #CentraAfricanRepublic Poignant moment, surrounded by African peacekeepers


    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described Nelson Mandela as "a giant of history". In a statement, she said that Mandela's message of "reconciliation and peaceful change" was "valid for all countries at all times" and that his strength and "peaceful stubbornness" had made the world a better place.


    Watch The Economist's video introduction to its coverage of Nelson Mandela and read more on "the life that made the man".

    The Economist
    2035: @BBCAfrica

    tweets: VIDEO #Nigerian's President Goodluck Jonathan tells the BBC that African leaders have a lot to learn from #Mandela


    The Times newspaper in the UK tweets this satirical cartoon by Peter Brookes

    Political cartoon by The Times' Peter Brookes
    MacLeod Tendai Tarambiwa

    emailed from Harare, Zimbabwe to say: "I had the privilege to see Tata Mandela in person when he came to the University of Zimbabwe. I jumped at the opportunity to meet him and shake his hand - one of the greatest moments of my life. I spent the rest of the day without washing my hand."

    2044: The BBC's Ros Atkins

    tweets: The night will be long here in Soweto. Watch this. #NelsonMandela


    African Union chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says Mandela symbolised the spirit of pan-Africanism, South Africa's SAPA news agency reports, as seen by BBC Monitoring. A former anti-apartheid activist who served as South African Health Minister under Mandela, she described his death as "a great loss to his family, to our continent and indeed to humanity itself".

    African Union chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

    "We are blessed to have shared our lifetime with a colossus," writes South African political analyst Justice Malala in The Guardian. "We were prepared for his passing, but still we must face the heartbreaking reality of his death."


    Mourners light candles in remembrance of the late former South African President, Nelson Mandela, outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

    Mourners light candles in remembrance of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Union Buildings, in Pretoria

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