Today 06 December
F.W de Klerk, the former South African president who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, on Friday paid tribute to his successor while recalling their "often stormy" relationship. "It was an honour to work with former president Nelson Mandela in bringing democracy to South Africa," de Klerk said in a statement after the death of the anti-apartheid hero. When Mandela was finally released from prison in February 1990 he was entrusted with the task of persuading the new president de Klerk to call time on the era of racist white minority rule. Mandela and de Klerk, South Africa's last white president, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for their role in the ending of apartheid.
Nelson Mandela, the icon of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and a colossus of 20th century politics, died late Thursday aged 95, prompting mass mourning and a global celebration of his astonishing life. The Nobel Peace laureate, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in jail, died at his Johannesburg home surrounded by his family, after a long battle against lung infection. The news was announced to the nation and the world by an emotional South African President Jacob Zuma, in a live late-night broadcast. "Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed," said Zuma, whose own role in the struggle against white rule saw him imprisoned with Mandela on Robben Island.
By Ed Cropley and Pascal Fletcher JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela died peacefully at home at the age of 95 on Thursday after months fighting a lung infection, leaving his nation and the world in mourning for a man revered as a moral giant. President Jacob Zuma's announcement late on Thursday of the death of a man who was a symbol of struggle against injustice and of racial reconciliation reverberated through South Africa and around the world. Mandela's passing, while long expected, left Africa's biggest economy still distant from being the "Rainbow Nation" ideal of social peace and shared prosperity that he had proclaimed on his triumphant release from prison in 1990. "He's in a better place, but I really hope South Africa realises what he wanted us to be ... we are not even half-way to what he wanted us to be," local resident Jack Van der Merwe said in the Johannesburg suburb of Melville.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness.
AFP IS CLOSING THE LIVE REPORT ON THE DEATH OF NELSON MANDELA, the South African anti-apartheid hero beloved as a global symbol of peace and forgiveness and the father of the "Rainbow Nation". 0245 GMT: F.W de Klerk, the former South African president who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela, has paid tribute to his successor while recalling their "often stormy" relationship. "It was an honour to work with former president Nelson Mandela in bringing democracy to South Africa," de Klerk said. Zindzi and Zenani had just met dignitaries including Prince William and wife Catherine at the screening when they were informed of the news by telephone "and immediately left the cinema," according to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.