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(...)

Attendees sing prior to the start of the state memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in the Soweto township of Johannesburg on Tuesday. Photograph:  Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

World leaders paid tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela at his state memorial service in Johannesburg yesterday, but their praise (...)

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 (...)

Nelson Mandela with Bono in 2002. ‘I, like everyone else, was mesmeri
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sed by his deft manoeuvering as leader of South Africa,’ says the U2 frontman. Photograph: AP Photo/Juda Ngwenya

As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager. He has been a forceful presence in my life going bac(...)

Nelson Mandela: The  first democratically elected president of South Africa had repeatedly been hospitalised with lung troubles in recent years. Photograph:  Camera Press/ Yousuf Karsh

Surrounded by close friends and family members, Nelson Mandela was breathing on his own before he died, free of the life-support system that had kept (...)

Nokuthula Magubane: Yes, we were oppressed by white people; yes, it happened; yes, it hurt. But let us forgive each other so that we can move on fully and contribute fully to the South Africa we want to see in the future.” Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

Sitting in her comfortable suburban livingroom 45 minutes east of Johannesburg, Nokuthula Magubane (18) was doing something close to unthinkable to ol(...)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela prays as she attends a service at Bryanston Methodist Church. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Fifty-nine foreign heads of state or government have said so far they will attend either the memorial ceremony or the state funeral of Nelson Mandela(...)

A giant of our time

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

Former South African President Nelson Mandela speaks after being conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at the University of Galway in 2003
Not just a symbol

The 20th century began, it has been said, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. If that is true, then I was privileged to spend the 20(...)

Nelson Mandela waves to supporters at a football stadium in Soweto during a campaign stop in 1994.

I clearly remember the first ever photo I saw of Nelson Mandela. I was 25 and living in Paris, my first sojourn outside of my home town, Cape Town. I’(...)

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