Nelson Mandela dies

By Drum Digital
06 December 2013

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the first democratic president of South Africa, has died.

Mandela, who was 95-years-old, passed away in his sleep in his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. Members of his closest family were at his bedside.

During the next two weeks, SABC Radio and Television News will keep you abreast of developments as the nation (and the world) mourns the death of an icon.

The SABC is in the process of deploying news teams to key points throughout South Africa and beyond to bring you the story of a nation trying to come to terms with the passing away of Nelson Mandela.

President Jacob Zuma announced the death of Madiba on SABC TV just after midnight. The presidency is expected to release details of the official announcement shortly.

All flags will be lowered to half-mast and remain that way until after the burial ceremony about ten days from now.

Nelson Mandela’s epitaph may very well be the words that he has spoken at the funeral of his life-long friend, Walter Sisulu, on May 2003.

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