Attendees listen to a speech during the state memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in the Soweto township. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

It did not turn out quite as planned.The state memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela would fill this giant 96,000-seat fo(...)

South African president Jacob Zuma before making a speech in Soweto. The country’s first citizen was booed and heckled repeatedly by some sections of the crowd throughout the Mandela memorial service. Photograph: Reuters

The hostile reception South African president Jacob Zuma received as he made his way on to the stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service will cause (...)

US President Barack Obama (left) greets Cuban President Raul Castro before giving his speech at the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank soccer stadium, also known as Soccer City, in Johannesburg today. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

US President Barack Obama has led tributes to Nelson Mandela urging the world to use the celebration of his life as a period of “self-reflection.” (...)

Former IDATU (now Mandate) trade union official Brendan Archbold, who officiated  during the 1984-1987 Dunnes Stores strike in support of Nelson Mandela and ending apartheid in South Africa. Mandate has said it and other unions are trying to arrange  attendance of some of the strikers at Mr Mandela’s funeral next Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dunnes Stores workers who went on strike for almost three years over the importing of goods from apartheid South Africa are to attend Nelson Mandel(...)

A giant of our time

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson MandelaMadiba is no more. We have lost a giant of our time whose death impoverishes us all. Afr(...)

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(...)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe last week branded Zuma’s chief mediator Lindiwe Zulu “some stupid, idiotic woman” and a “little street woman” after her failed attempt to force a postponement of elections. Photograph:  Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe’s political rivals have clashed over a document said to be from intelligence sources that alleges a plot by president Robert Mugabe to hire a(...)

A man forces open the gate of the property of Mandla Mandela, grandson Nelson Mandela, following a court hearing clearing the way to remove the remains of the former leader’s children from his property . Photograph: Siegfried Modola /Reuters

Nelson Mandela has dedicated himself to peace and reconciliation. So the sight of his family at war over money and the control of his legacy is partic(...)

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital, President Jacob Zuma said this morning. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital, President Jacob Zuma said this morning.“Doctors are doing e(...)

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(...)