Freedom fighter: Albie Sachs was appointed by Nelson Mandela to South Africa’s fledgling constitutional court and became the primary architect of the 1996 post-apartheid constitution

Seven-year-old Oliver Sachs can be heard playing in the background as his father, Albie, speaks over Skype from his home in Cape Town. “People (...)

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 (...)

 Nelson Mandela  waves to the crowd with  Bob Geldof during a mass rally in Trafalgar Square on February 3rd, 2005

When someone you have known or loved or both dies, there seems to occur a great tearing in the fabric of the world. A weird emptiness opens for a mome(...)

Late former South African president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela waves to the crowd with musician and campaigner Bob Geldof during a mass rally in Trafalgar Square on February 3rd, 2005 in London, England. Mr Mandela told the rally to help “Make Poverty History in 2005” and help set free millions of people in the world’s poorest countries who remained imprisoned by poverty. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

When someone you have known or loved or both dies, there seems to occur a great tearing in the fabric of the world. A weird emptiness opens for a mome(...)

Nelson Mandela and his then wife Winnie saluting well-wishers as he leaves Victor Verster prison, February 11th, 1990. Mandela spent 27 years incarcerated as a political prisoner of South Africa’s apartheid regime. Photograph: Ulli Michel/Reuters
Nelson Mandela - a timeline

July 18th, 1918 - Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela near Qunu, in Transkei (now Eastern Cape), the youngest son of a counsellor to the chief of his Th(...)