Nelson Mandela dies aged 95 – 5 December 2013

Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa and hero of the country's anti-apartheid struggle, has died aged 95 after a recurring lung infection. The announcement was made by the country's president, Jacob Zuma, on Thursday.

Mandela
Mandela

Mandela had been increasingly frail and in poor health in recent years and had been in hospital several times in the last year. He had a history of lung problems dating back to his years in prison, when he contracted tuberculosis.

Since leaving hospital after three weeks’ treatment in December, Mandela – often referred to in South Africa by his clan name Madiba – had been receiving medical care at his home in an affluent Johannesburg suburb. He had spent most of 2012 in Qunu, the village where he grew up in the poor province of Eastern Cape.

Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment by South Africa's former white-minority regime in 1964 for conspiring to overthrow the government before being released in 1990 and elected as the country's first democratic president in 1994.

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