Photos: South Africa mourns its 'greatest son'

Photos: South Africa mourns its 'greatest son'

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A young girl lays flowers in memory of Nelson Mandela in the Sandton district of Johannesburg on December 6, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died on December 5 aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Michelle Homer

khou.com

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 5:06 PM

Nelson Mandela’s death deprived the world of one of one of the great figures of modern history and set the stage for days of mourning and reflection about a colossus of the 20th century who projected astonishing grace, resolve and good humor. Dressed in black, South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement on television. He said Mandela died “peacefully” while with his family at around 8:50 p.m. on Thursday.

“We’ve lost our greatest son. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” Zuma said. “Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.”

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