South Africans have gathered outside the house of  Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg to sign a board of condolence. Photograph: EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

The South African president has announced plans for the State funeral of former president Nelson Mandela who died in his Johannesburg home last night (...)

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(...)