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(...)

Phelokazi Madlamini (14) watches the burial services for former South African president Nelson Mandela on television near Qunu in South Africa, yesterday. Photograph: Todd Heisler/New York Times

The cock crowed soon after 4am and before long, there were sounds coming from the kitchen. Fifty-litre paint buckets were being filled with water for (...)

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma (2nd l), the ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela (l), and the widow of Mandela, Graca Machel (3rd l), sit by the coffin of Mr Mandela during his funeral ceremony in Qunu. Photograph: Odd Andersen/Reuters/Pool

Nelson Mandela was remembered at his funeral today as an exceptional leader who brought his people to freedom and earned the admiration of the world.W(...)

Singing and dancing Mthatha residents awaiting the arrived  of the hearse carrying former South African president Nelson Mandela’s body to his childhood village of Qunu where he will be buried tomorrow. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Nelson Mandela was back in his home village tonight after a tumultuous welcome from thousands of people in the streets of Mthatha and along the road (...)

Mandla Mandela (centre back), the eldest grandson of  Nelson Mandela, watches as his flag-draped coffin is carried down steps of the Union Buildings at the end of the third and final day of lying in state in Pretoria today. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Pool/Reuters

Tens of thousands of mourners, some breaking through police barriers, flocked to South Africa’s central government buildings on Friday to say a perso(...)

Navy officers stand guard at the coffin of late South African president Nelson Mandela on the last day of Mr Mandela’s lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa today. Photograph: EPA/Alexander Joe/Pool

Thousands of people are continuing to file past the glass-top coffin of former South African president Nelson Mandela lying in state at Union Building(...)

The former  Dunnes Stores strikers with members of Nimrod Sejake’s family. Photograph: Bill Corcoran

For the former Dunnes Stores strikers, yesterday’s emotional meeting with the family members of Nimrod Sejake was the most personal and fulfilling par(...)

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(...)

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