Nelson Mandela (Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela)

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

On 5 December 2013, Nelson Mandela, the first President of South Africa elected in a fully representative democratic election, died at the age of 95 after suffering from a prolonged respiratory infection. He died at around 20:50 local time (UTC+2) at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family. His death was announced by President Jacob Zuma. Reactions from governments, international organizations, and notable individuals, gained worldwide media coverage.

South Africa observed a national mourning period of 10 days. During this time numerous memorial services were conducted across the country. The official memorial service was held at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, on 10 December. His body lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria from 11 to 13 December 2013. A state funeral was held on 15 December 2013 in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province, where his body was buried.

President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela’s death on national television on 5 December 2013 at 23:45 local time (UTC+2)

The South African government announced a period of 10 days of national mourning ending with the state funeral on 15 December 2013. Zuma ordered that all flags on government buildings be flown at half-mast for the duration of this period.

On 9 December the government confirmed that at least 80 foreign heads of state and government would travel to South Africa to attend events. African heads of state confirmed to be attending include the Prime Minister of Lesotho, the President of Mozambique, the President of Namibia, the President of Niger, the President of Nigeria, the Prime Minister of Swaziland, the President of Tanzania, the President of Tunisia, the President of Uganda, the President of Zimbabwe, and the President of Zambia. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma attended in her capacity as Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Other notable guests include the President of the United States and three former presidents of the United States; the President of India; the Prime Minister of Italy; the Vice President of China; the President of Brazil; the President of France; the President of Ireland; the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; the President of Germany; the Prime Minister of Australia; two former Governors General of Canada, the Prime Minister of Canada, and three former Prime Ministers of Canada; the Prime Minister of Jamaica; the Prime Minister of Jordan; and the President of Afghanistan. Royal dignitaries attending include, the King of the Netherlands, the King of Belgium, the Prince of Wales, the Prince of Asturias, the Crown Prince of Denmark, the Crown Princess of Sweden, the Crown Prince of Norway, the Crown Prince of Japan, and the Queen Rania of Jordan

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  • SAFRICA-MANDELA-FUNERAL - The coffin of South African former president Nelson Mandela is seen during his funeral ceremony in Qunu on December 15, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / ODD ANDERSEN        (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SAFRICA-MANDELA-FUNERAL - South African former president Nelson Mandela is escoted to the funeral ceremony in Qunu on December 15, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / ODD ANDERSEN        (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Born

  • July, 18, 1918
  • Eastern Cape, South Africa

Died

  • December, 05, 2013
  • Gauteng, South Africa

Cause of Death

  • respiratory infection

Cemetery

  • Mandela Graveyard
  • Eastern Cape, South Africa

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