The great statesman will be remembered for his ability to forgive and unify people, and his unwavering sense of hope.

This article titled “Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, dies aged 95” was written by David Smith in Johannesburg, for The Guardian on Friday 6th December 2013 07.35 UTC

Nelson Mandela, the towering figure of Africa's struggle for freedom and a hero to millions around the world, has died at the age of 95.

South Africa's first black president died in the company of his family at home in Johannesburg after years of declining health that had caused him to withdraw from public life.

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