By Aislinn Laing, Southern Africa Correspondent
1:48AM GMT 06 Dec 2013 Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid hero, dies
Nelson Mandela, the global statesman who delivered South Africa from the dark days of apartheid, has died aged 95. Mr Mandela had suffered from a series of lung infections over the past two years and died at home in the company of his family. The news of his passing was made in a statement made by South African President Jacob Zuma which was broadcast on national TV. “Our nation has lost its greatest son,” said Mr Zuma, who praised the Mandela family for sacrificing so much “so that our people could be free”.
“Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who more than any other came to embody their sense of a common nation,” he said…
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