Nelson Mandela, whose victory against apartheid united his native South Africa and changed the course of modern history, has died following a long illness.

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.

Mr Mandela had been receiving medical treatment for the last three years for a prolonged lung infection and for the last six months had been critically ill.

“Our people have lost a father,” said Mr Zuma.

“Although we knew this day was going to come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. see more

 

source: skynews