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South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma (left) with Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela. Family members and politicians aligned to Mandla Mandela were reportedly refused entry to the funeral of the late president. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

An intergenerational family feud led by the late Nelson Mandela’s eldest daughter and grandson deepened significantly in the days leading up to the an(...)

A young boy and hundreds of others watch Nelson Mandela’s funeral service at a viewing point in the village of Qunu yesterday. Photograph: EPA

In the end, it was a rainbow funeral – the sort of final passage that acknowledged differing aspects of his faith in a harmonious unity. A meeting of (...)

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(...)

Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu addresses the crowds during Nelson Mandela’s national memorial service in Johannesburg.

Former archbishop Desmond Tutu’s home was robbed while he was at the Nelson Mandela memorial service.South African police said the break-in at Tutu’s (...)

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 (...)

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(...)

 Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu prays during a televised address to the nation on late South African president Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa, today. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

For 27 years, I knew Nelson Mandela by reputation only. I had seen him once, in the early 1950s, when he came to my teacher-training college to judge (...)

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