There are few more embarrassing things in the closet for a Conservative politician than having once called Nelson Mandela a terrorist.

It was a phrase that muddied the legacy of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

In 2006, David Cameron apologised and denounced Thatcher's policies, saying she was wrong to have branded Mandela's African National Congress as 'terrorists' and to have opposed sanctions against the apartheid South Africa.

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It was, embarrassingly, only in 2008, that Mandela was removed from the US terrorism watch list by President George W Bush.

But on Twitter, less than an hour after President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela's death, aged 95, it seems some people still haven't quite got the memo.

One of them was Alexandra Swann, a prominent young Ukip activists who defected from the Tories.



But she wasn't the only one tweeting insults..

The British National Party leader Nick Griffin, sparked outrage earlier this year, as Mandela's health worsened, calling him a "murderous old terrorist".


He stayed true to form on Friday morning.

And on Thursday night, some of the tweets most clearly came from nationalist or sectarian social media users.


Still, at least they knew who he was...

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    A man reads, in Soweto on December 6, 2013, a local newspaper, The Star, with the front page dedicated to South African former President Nelson Mandela, following his death in Johannesburg on the eve. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A woman lays flowers in homage to late former South African president Nelson Mandela in Soweto on December 6, 2013. Residents of Soweto, the bedrock of black resistance against apartheid rule, sang and danced as they paid their respects to the late peace icon Nelson Mandela outside his former home on Friday. A small crowd of admirers, some dressed in the ruling ANC party's yellow t-shirts, braved an unseasonal chilly summer morning to lay flowers outside Mandela's former residence, which is now a museum and a popular tourist attraction. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People light candles on December 6, 2013 outside the house of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg following his death in this town on the eve. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama speaks to members of the press about the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela, as he attends a function in New Delhi on December 6, 2013. The Dalai Lama joined scores of personalities in expressing his feelings at the passing of revered icon of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and a towering figure of 20th century politics who died on December 5 aged 95. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama speaks to members of the press about the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela, as he attends a function in New Delhi on December 6, 2013. The Dalai Lama joined scores of personalities in expressing his feelings at the passing of revered icon of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and a towering figure of 20th century politics who died on December 5 aged 95. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Indian artist draws a miniature portrait of South African former president Nelson Mandela onto his thumbnail as a part of his homage in Siliguri on December 6, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man wearing a yellow t-shirt of the South African ANC ruling party grieves with other people on December 6, 2013 outside the house of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A young girl looks at a portrait of South African former President Nelson Mandela on December 6, 2013 outside his house in Johannesburg. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A woman prays outside the house of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on December 6, 2013, the day after his death. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A woman prays outside the house of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on December 6, 2013, the day after his death. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man puts a bunch of flowers before portraits of the late Nelson Mandela outside the South African embassy in Beijing on December 6, 2013. The death of South Africa's liberation leader Nelson Mandela has unleashed a heartfelt chorus of awed respect from across the worlds of politics, religion, sport and culture. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man puts a bunch of flowers before portraits of the late Nelson Mandela outside the South African embassy in Beijing on December 6, 2013. The death of South Africa's liberation leader Nelson Mandela has unleashed a heartfelt chorus of awed respect from across the worlds of politics, religion, sport and culture. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: A man gestures as he reacts to the death of Nelson Mandela at the South African embassy near Trafalgar Square on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: A man comforts a woman as they mourn the death of Nelson Mandela as they stand outside the South African embassy near Trafalgar Square on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: A man gestures as he reacts to the death of Nelson Mandela at the South African embassy near Trafalgar Square on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: A woman places a floral tribute to Nelson Mandela outside the South African embassy near Trafalgar Square on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: People gather to mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela at a statue to him in Parliament Square on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    The Flag covered coffin caring the body of Former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 05, 2013 Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix

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    This picture shows a framed image of former South African president Nelson Mandela as people pay tributes following his death, in Johannesburg on December 6, 2013. Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and a towering figure of 20th century politics, died on December 5 aged 95. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A man takes a picture of an artist who goes by the name "Franco the Great" in front of a mural of South African leader Nelson Mandela that the artist painted in 1995, and later added U.S. President Barack Obama, on 125th Street in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 95. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Flowers are placed at the base of a statue of Nelson Mandela at the South African Embassy in Washington, which is currently under renovation, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesman and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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    Peter Boyce of Washington, places a candle at the foot of a statue of Nelson Mandela at the South African Embassy in Washington, which is currently under renovation, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesman and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  • A woman lights a candle for Nelson Mandela outside South African High Commission in London, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa after a long illness. He was 95. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • A man lights a candle for Nelson Mandela outside South AfricaN High Commission in London, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa after a long illness. He was 95. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • A message on a floral tribute is left for Nelson Mandela outside South African High Commission in London, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa after a long illness. He was 95. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • A woman with a banner pays tribute to Nelson Mandela outside South African High Commission in London, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa after a long illness. He was 95. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during the opening ceremony of Women's Forum Myanmar at a hotel in Yangon, Myanmar Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Suu Kyi paid tribute to Nelson Mandela as a “great human being who raised the standard of humanity.” Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa after a long illness. He was 95. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

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    The Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat players pay the tribute to the Nelson Mandela before their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa's first democratically elected president and a symbol of reconciliation to many around the world, died Thursday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

  • Supporters of Nelson Mandela celebrate the South African leader outside a South African restaurant Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Mandela died Thursday at age 95. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Pedestrians pass beneath the Apollo Theatre marquee commemorating the life of South African leader Nelson Mandela, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. South Africa's first black president died Thursday after a long illness. He was 95. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • South African native Lorien Miller, who now resides in New York, plays a traditional African djembe drum next to a makeshift memorial for South African leader Nelson Mandela outside the South African consulate Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 in New York. Mandela died Thursday at age 95. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • A mourner is interviewed by a local TV station outside the home of former President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 where Mandela died Thursday night after a long illness. (AP Photo/Independent Newspapers Limited, Antoine de Ras) SOUTH AFRICA OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVES

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    Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, left, is welcomed by Thierry Mathou, center, French ambassador to Myanmar, upon her arrival for the opening ceremony of Women's Forum Myanmar at a hotel in Yangon, Myanmar Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Suu Kyi paid tribute to Nelson Mandela as a “great human being who raised the standard of humanity.” Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa after a long illness. He was 95. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • A man lights a candle outside the Johannesburg home of former president Nelson Mandela Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 after Mandela passed away Thursday night after a long illness. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • A commuter buys a copy of Daily Nation, one of Kenya's leading newspapers, which devoted its entire front page to the death of former South African leader and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Copies were in short supply and selling quickly Friday morning, street vendors said after Daily Nation delayed publication to include the late-breaking news of Mandela's death. Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen died Thursday at age 95. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

  • Newspaper vendor Cosmas Mutinda, 37, sells a copy of Kenya's Daily Nation, which devoted its entire front page to the death of former South African leader and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, to a passing commuter in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Papers were in short supply and selling quickly Friday morning, street vendors said after Daily Nation, one of Kenya's leading newspapers, delayed publication to include the late-breaking news of Mandela's death. Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen died Thursday at age 95. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

  • Newspaper vendor Cosmas Mutinda, 37, sells a copy of Kenya's Daily Nation, which devoted its entire front page to the death of former South African leader and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, to a passing commuter in morning traffic, Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Papers were in short supply and selling quickly Friday morning, street vendors said, after Daily Nation, one of Kenya's leading newspapers, delayed publication to include the late-breaking news of Mandela's death. Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen died Thursday at age 95.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

  • A group of mourners sing and dance outside the Johannesburg home of former president Nelson Mandela Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 after the freedom fighter passed away Thursday night after a long illness. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

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    A framed portrait of former president Nelson Mandela and flowers are placed outside Mandela's Johannesburg home Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 after the freedom fighter passed away Thursday night after a long illness. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

  • A man wearing a T-shirt with a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela leads a group of mourners as they sing and dance outside the Johannesburg home of Mandela Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 after the freedom fighter passed away Thursday night after a long illness. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

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    South Africans gather outside Nelson Mandela's home in Johannesburg on December 6, 2013 . Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95, President Jacob Zuma said on December 6. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • People Around The World React To News Of Nelson Mandela's Death

    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: News crews gather around a statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the South African Embassy December 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. Incumbent South African President Jacob Zuma announced earlier that Mandela has died at the age of 95. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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    South Africans gather for a candlelight vigil outside the house of former South African president Nelson Mandela following his death in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South Africans hold pictures of former South African president Nelson Mandela as they pay tribute following his death in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South Africans sing as they pay tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela following his death in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    England cricketers observe a minutes silence to mark the passsing of former South African president Nelson Mandela on the second day of the second Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia in Adelaide on December 6, 2013. Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and a towering figure of 20th century politics, died on December 5 aged 95. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06: The Australian and English teams stand for a minute silence in memory of Nelson Mandela during day two of the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06: A minutes silence is observed by the Australian squad at the Adelaide Oval as a mark of respect for Nelson Mandela during day two of the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

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    Australian cricketers observe a minutes silence to mark the passsing of former South African president Nelson Mandela on the second day of the second Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia in Adelaide on December 6, 2013. Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and a towering figure of 20th century politics, died on December 5 aged 95. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South Africans hold pictures of former South African president Nelson Mandela as they pay tribute following his death in Johannesburg on December 6, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    South Africans hold pictures of former South African president Nelson Mandela as they pay tribute following his death in Johannesburg on December 6, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)