South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela leaves his office in Johannesburg with assistant Zelda la Grange.  Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images

A memoir by Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant has lifted the lid on the internal family power struggles that went on in the last few years of his li(...)

Deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke (centre)  is flanked by Professor Njabulo Ndebele (left) and George Bizos, Mr Mandela’s lawyer, confidant and friend, at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, on Monday. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Nelson Mandela left an estate worth 46 million rand (€3.05 million) to a range of beneficiaries, including his wife, family members, staff and educati(...)

Nelson Mandela left his €3 million estate to family members, the ruling African National Congress, former staff and several local school.   File  photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has left his €3 million estate to family members, the ruling African National Congress, former staff an(...)

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma (left) with Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela. Family members and politicians aligned to Mandla Mandela were reportedly refused entry to the funeral of the late president. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

An intergenerational family feud led by the late Nelson Mandela’s eldest daughter and grandson deepened significantly in the days leading up to the an(...)

A young boy and hundreds of others watch Nelson Mandela’s funeral service at a viewing point in the village of Qunu yesterday. Photograph: EPA

In the end, it was a rainbow funeral – the sort of final passage that acknowledged differing aspects of his faith in a harmonious unity. A meeting of (...)

Phelokazi Madlamini (14) watches the burial services for former South African president Nelson Mandela on television near Qunu in South Africa, yesterday. Photograph: Todd Heisler/New York Times

The cock crowed soon after 4am and before long, there were sounds coming from the kitchen. Fifty-litre paint buckets were being filled with water for (...)

Nelson Mandela with Bono in 2002. ‘I, like everyone else, was mesmeri
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sed by his deft manoeuvering as leader of South Africa,’ says the U2 frontman. Photograph: AP Photo/Juda Ngwenya

As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager. He has been a forceful presence in my life going bac(...)

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(...)

Graca Machel, wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, says his condition has improved in recent days. Photograph: Getty Images

Nelson Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, said the condition of the hospitalized former South African president has improved over the last week. Mandela (9(...)