World: “Our nation has lost its greatest son” - former South African president and anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela has died aged 95

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela - Credit: Archant

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died aged 95, the country’s president Jacob Zuma said last night.

“Our nation has lost its greatest son, our people have lost our father,” he said at a news conference.

The South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician was 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.

Mr Mandela had spent 27 years in prison in defiance of the apartheid regime and was an inspiration not only to the people of South Africa but millions of people throughout the world.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “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.”