As it happened: Reaction to Nelson Mandela's death

Key points

  • President Jacob Zuma announced that Nelson Mandela had died at the age of 95
  • Mandela was elected South Africa's first black president after he spent 27 years in prison
  • He was the figurehead for the struggle against the apartheid regime for decades, winning the Nobel peace prize
  • He had been suffering from a lung infection but left hospital in September to spend his remaining days at the family home near Johannesburg
  • World leaders paid tribute, including President Obama who said Nelson Mandela embodied the "promise of change for the better"
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Last updated 5 December 2013

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