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Nelson Mandela dies in Johannesburg at the age of 95

Nelson Mandela – South Africa’s first black president – has died at the age of 95, President Jacob Zuma announces.

Nelson Mandela led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison.

He had been receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection after three months in hospital.

Nelson Mandela was South Africa's first black president

Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s first black president

In a statement on South African national TV, Jacob Zuma said Nelson Mandela had “departed” and was at peace.

“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” Jacob Zuma said.

Nelson Mandela was one of the world’s most revered statesmen after preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate had rarely been seen in public since officially retiring in 2004.

“What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves,” Jacob Zuma said.

“Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell.”

Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected South Africa’s first black president in 1994. He stepped down after five years in office.

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