Former South African President and Former ANC leader Nelson Mandela, has died aged 95, South African President Jacob Zuma announced it live on television.
President Zuma said ” the nation has lost its greatest son” and continued saying “he is now at peace”.
Mandela died surrounded by his family at his Johannesburg at 8.50pm local time and will get a state funeral and national flags will be lowered to half mast, H.E. Zuma stated.
The South African iconic figure had been receiving treatment for the last three years and was critically ill for the last six months. He served as South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999, after spending 27 years in jail in the notorious Robben Island prison.
Nelson Mandela, AKA Madiba was released in 1990 and guided his country to democracy.
World leaders have started sending tributes to the late Nelson Mandela. British Prime Minister David Cameron said that ” A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a towering figure in our time; a legend in life and now in death – a true global hero. Meeting him was one of the greatest honours of my life.”
US President Obama said he had achieved “more than can be expected by any of any man and today he is gone home. We have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth.” “He no longer belongs to us – he belongs to the ages.” Obama added.