Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa, has died at the age of 95.
"Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999. Mandela had been ill for months and was living on a ventilator. Photo by Anghy under Creative Commons license. Update: President Obama makes a statement on death Mandela."
Jacob Zuma's statement announcing Mandela's death: