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 (...)

Well-wishers light candles yesterday in front of former South African president Nelson Mandela’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg. Photograph: Reuters/Mujahid Safodien

The condition of Nelson Mandela, who has spent more than 40 days in hospital receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection, is “steadily improvin(...)

Schoolchildren sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to former South African president Nelson Mandela at Phefeni High School, opposite Mr Mandela’s former home in Soweto Township Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is “steadily improving”, South Africa’s government claimed today as the former president spent his 95th birthday (...)

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 (...)

US president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by South African minister of international relations and co-operation Maite Mkoana-Mashabne after arriving at Waterkloof air force base in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama yesterday dampened expectations that he might visit a critically ill Nelson Mandela during his tour of South Africa, saying (...)

People gather with candles for Nelson Mandela  yesterday outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

With each day, the crowds grow outside the Mediclinic hospital in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela lies gravely ill. They sing and pray and eulogise the (...)

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(...)

Police detain a man carrying a remote aerial camera that flew over crowds outside the hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

South African police today detained the owner of a radio-controlled helicopter drone carrying a camera that was filming scenes around the Pretoria ho(...)

Dozens of hand-made messages of support for former South African President Nelson Mandela are posted to the wall outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. South African. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital, the government said today.A statement from President Jacob (...)

Men read about Nelson Mandela’s health in a newspaper  in Soweto. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibek/Reuters

A critically ill Nelson Mandela was surrounded by family and friends yesterday at the Pretoria hospital in which he is being treated, while outside a (...)