Mandla Mandela (centre back), the eldest grandson of  Nelson Mandela, watches as his flag-draped coffin is carried down steps of the Union Buildings at the end of the third and final day of lying in state in Pretoria today. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Pool/Reuters

Tens of thousands of mourners, some breaking through police barriers, flocked to South Africa’s central government buildings on Friday to say a perso(...)

Nelson Mandela: The  first democratically elected president of South Africa had repeatedly been hospitalised with lung troubles in recent years. Photograph:  Camera Press/ Yousuf Karsh

Surrounded by close friends and family members, Nelson Mandela was breathing on his own before he died, free of the life-support system that had kept (...)

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been released from hospital. File photograh: Johnathan Evans/Reuters

Anti-apartheid leader and former South African president Nelson Mandela returned to his home today where he will continue to receive intensive care a(...)

Wellwishers release balloons outside the hospital where ailing former South African president Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

The South African government has denied reports that former president Nelson Mandela is in a permanent vegetative state on a life-support machine. Spo(...)

US president Barack Obama waves while arriving at Waterkloof Air Base in South Africa. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US president Barack Obama arrived in South Africa tonight as part of a state visit, playing down suggestions that he might call on the gravely-ill for(...)