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

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  • Warren Bull 
  • Sean Clare 
  • Kerry Alexandra 
  • Zoe Murphy 
  • Penny Spiller 

Last updated 6 December 2013


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."