Former president Nelson Mandela has died.
Mandela died peacefully at his home in Johannesburg, surrounded by his family on Thursday evening, President Jacob Zuma said.
"Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss," Zuma said addressing the nation on television.
"His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world."
He sent condolences to the anti-apartheid icon's wife Graca Machel, his former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, his children, his grand-children, his great grand-children and the entire family.