The former South African president Nelson Mandela in 2008: the two women were born when he was married to his first wife Evelyn Mase. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

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South African president Nelson Mandela exchanges a handshake with deputy president F.W. de Klerk after their inauguration in Pretoria, May 9th, 1994.Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times.
Nelson Mandela: A timeline
  • Africa
  • December 5, 2013, 23:29

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. Here are some of the major events in his life.July 18, 1918: Born to Hendry M(...)

Nelson Rolihlala Mandela was arguably the most respected statesman the world has seen since the end of the second World War. His dignity, his determin(...)

A wellwisher carries a portrait in front of the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where Nelson Mandela is being treated. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

It has been 65 years of a fulfilling friendship but it was the things that Nelson and I could not do together that cemented our relationship far more (...)