South Africa’s first black president, revered around the world as an icon of peace, freedom and reconciliation, dies aged 95.
The Nobel Peace laureate, who spent nearly three decades as a political prisoner before going on to lead his country, passed away at his Johannesburg home surrounded by his family.
South African President Jacob Zuma said “the nation has lost its greatest son”, adding: “He is now resting. He is now at peace.”
Mr Mandela, who was 95, will get a state funeral and national flags will be lowered to half-mast.