South African military and police helicopters fly past a nine-metre  bronze statue of the late former South African president Nelson Mandela, after it was unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

The largest statue in the world of Nelson Mandela was unveiled yesterday in South Africa on Reconciliation Day, 24 hours after the revered former pres(...)

Chief Rabbi of South Africa Warren Goldstein (left) speaks alongside Thamsanqa Jantjie who is accused of gesticulating gibberish as world leaders paid tribute to Mandela. Photograph: Reuters

A South African sign language interpreter accused of gesticulating gibberish as world leaders paid tribute to Nelson Mandela defended himself as a “ch(...)

A handout photograph made available by the South African government showing widow of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela,  Graca Machel (right) paying her last respects to late former president Nelson Mandela as he  lies in state at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at  Union buildings in Pretoria.

The man behind me on the bus tapped me on the shoulder. “Excuse me,” he said. “Do you know the way to Union Buildings; are you going there?”Travelling(...)

The hearse carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela travels through a street in Pretoria, this morning, on its way to the Union Buildings, where his coffin will lie in state for three days. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nelson Mandela’s coffin has arrived at South Africa’s main seat of power for public viewing.The streets were lined with people who had gathered to wat(...)

A girl dances today on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, where the former South African President Nelson Mandela resided when he lived in the township. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Late former South African president Nelson Mandela’s body is being prepared to lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria next week, where untold(...)

A women cries as she holds a candle and a flower outside former South African President Nelson Mandela’s house in Houghton, last night. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters.

Africa will never have seen anything like it. Amid unfathomable grief, the death of Nelson Mandela will be marked with the biggest and most watched ev(...)