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It will surely be a moment for the ages: tens of thousands of South Africans, dozens of presidents and prime ministers, celebrities and street sweepers -- all gathered Tuesday in Johannesburg to pay respects to Nelson Mandela, who died last week.
Nelson Mandela was like a "magician" who conjured a united nation out of a country teetering on the brink of war, South African Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu said Monday.
Liberians have called on their president to follow South Africa's example in declaring days of national mourning for South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at 95.
Former president Thabo Mbeki on Sunday challenged South Africa's leadership to ask if they are living up to Nelson Mandela's standards, in a pointed public challenge to his ANC comrades.
South Africans of all races and religions united in an outpouring of prayer and song for their beloved Nelson Mandela on Sunday, hearing calls to keep his dream of a Rainbow Nation alive.
Ghana has joined South Africa and the rest of the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela.
The former South African President will be laid to rest on Dec. 15 in the village of Qunu where he grew up, President Jacob Zuma announced Friday.
Key quotes after the death of Nelson Mandela: -- US President Barack Obama: "He achieved more than could be expected of any man." -- South African President Jacob Zuma: "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
Apartheid-era South Africa's most feared prison, Robben Island, remains inextricably linked with Nelson Mandela, its most famous inmate who spent decades of hard labor educating his comrades and charming even his granite-hearted jailers.
Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95. "He is now resting," said South African President Jacob Zuma. "He is now at peace." "Our nation has lost his greatest son," he continued. "Our people have lost their father."