JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Former South African President Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, President Jacob Zuma said.
Zuma said, “We’ve lost our greatest son.”
Mandela, 95, had been critically ill with a lung infection for five months.
In a nationally televised address, Zuma said his country's first black president would be accorded a full state funeral. He ordered flags to be flown at half mast