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(...)

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 (...)

A man forces open the gate of the property of Mandla Mandela, grandson Nelson Mandela, following a court hearing clearing the way to remove the remains of the former leader’s children from his property . Photograph: Siegfried Modola /Reuters

Nelson Mandela has dedicated himself to peace and reconciliation. So the sight of his family at war over money and the control of his legacy is partic(...)

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital, President Jacob Zuma said this morning. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital, President Jacob Zuma said this morning.“Doctors are doing e(...)

Former South African president Nelson Mandela: public concern about his health has been high since he was admitted to hospital in early June. Photograph: Reuters

Former South African president Nelson Mandela’s medical condition has become critical, the presidency said in a statement released last night.The offi(...)

Mandla Mandela (C), the grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, speaks at the funeral of  Florence Mandela in Qunu today. Photograph: Rogan Ward/Reuters

Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is recovering well from a lung infection which has kept him in a serious conditi(...)

A newspaper  vendor in Soweto yesterday. Nelson Mandela was hospitalised early on Saturday.  Photograph: Reuters

As former South African president Nelson Mandela was preparing to spend a fourth night in hospital yesterday, the ruling party once again urged media (...)

Listening to Nelson Mandela addressing the Dáil  were the Ceann Comhairle, Mr Seán Treacy (top left), and (on right) the Taoiseach, Mr Haughey, and members of his cabinet. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

02 July, 1990 The Taoiseach, (Deputy Haughey), the Leader of the Fine Gael Party (Deputy Dukes), the Leader of the Progressive Democrats (Deput(...)

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(...)

A file image of former South African president Nelson Mandela. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was in a “serious but stable” condition today after being taken to hospital with(...)

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