Tributes have been paid following the death of former South African President and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, who died this evening aged 95.
Current South African President Jacob Zuma said that Mandela's passing was the 'moment of our greatest sorrow. He is now resting ... he is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son'.
'What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves', Zuma said.
'Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell'.
Imprisoned by the apartheid regime in South Africa for 27 years, Mandela went on to become the country's first non-white President, and a hero to oppressed people everywhere. 'A citizen of the world died today', one mourner told Here Is The City'.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter: 'A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I've asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast'.
'Nelson Mandela was the Martin Luther King of the continent of Africa', said state Rep. Alvin Holmes, a Montgomery Democrat who has been active in civil rights issues for decades. 'As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was the conscience of America, Nelson Mandela was the conscience of the continent of Africa'.
Mandela is survived by his wife, Graça Machel, six children, and 17 grandchildren.
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