NOW HIS LONG WALK HAS REACHED ITS END AND SO WEEP FOR HIM.

The world mourns his passing: Nelson Mandela, whose courage in the face of persecution made him the most potent symbol of the struggle against apartheid and inspired millions in his own country and around the world, died last night aged 95

Mr Mandela passed away at home after a long battle against illness. He was 95. He is pictured here accompanied by his wife Winnie walking out of Victor Verster Prison near Cape Town, a free man after 27 years of imprisonment

Outpouring of emotion: People gather to pay their last respects outside former President Mandela, singing songs of freedom and celebrating the life that changed the course of their country and inspired change around the planet.

Magical moment: On May 10 1994, in the nation's capital Pretoria, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the first democratically elected President and gave the nation hope

Mandela in London. South Africans took to the streets of Johannesburg in their droves to mourn former president Nelson Mandela after news of his death broke

His death was announced in a televised address broadcast as the Mail was going to press, South African president Jacob Zuma said: ‘Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.
‘What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.’
Mr Mandela passed away at home after a long battle against illness. He was 95.
Mr Zuma said the former president would be accorded a State funeral and flags throughout South Africa would fly at half-mast until it was over.
Mr Mandela’s efforts to heal his country after its long history of division made him one of the world’s most loved leaders, viewed by millions of Africans as a secular saint. He was known in South Africa as ‘Madiba’, his clan name, which means ‘grandfather’.

Here UK Prime Minister David Cameron, meets with Mandela in 2006 in Johannesburg. Cameron led the UK tributes to the South African leader Thursday. 'Nelson Mandela showed us the true meaning of courage, hope, and reconciliation,' said the PM

Ominous timing: Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, greets Zindzi Mandela, right, and her sister Zenani, the daughters of former Nelson Mandela at the UK premier. The sisters reportedly only learned of their father's death as they watched the movie about his life


His death was announced in a televised address broadcast as the Mail was going to press, South African president Jacob Zuma said: ‘Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.
‘What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.’
Mr Mandela passed away at home after a long battle against illness. He was 95.
Mr Zuma said the former president would be accorded a State funeral and flags throughout South Africa would fly at half-mast until it was over.
Mr Mandela’s efforts to heal his country after its long history of division made him one of the world’s most loved leaders, viewed by millions of Africans as a secular saint. He was known in South Africa as ‘Madiba’, his clan name, which means ‘grandfather’.
The South African government has never disclosed the full extent of his illness, but reputable news sources revealed that his liver and kidneys were functioning at just 50 percent. South Africans took to the streets of Johannesburg in their droves to mourn former president Nelson Mandela after news of his death broke. 

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