As darkness fell in Johannesburg, they came out to celebrate his life. Draped in flags, many brought vuvuzelas, flowers and flags of the democratic nation Nelson Mandela set free from apartheid.

The songs and tears continued into the morning, with several having arrived in their pyjamas.

The songs they sang were some of same ones angry South Africans had sung when Mandela was taken to prison. “We have not seen Mandela in the place where he is, in the place where he is kept,” was the refrain, the same one of decades ago.

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South Africans hold a candlelight vigil outside the house of former South African president Nelson Mandela

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South Africans sing as they pay tribute toNelson Mandela following his death

President Jacob Zuma said the nation’s flags would be at half mast until after Mandela’s state funeral.

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F.W. de Klerk, South Africa’s last apartheid-era president, paid tribute too, saying: “Although we were political opponents — and although our relationship was often stormy — we were always able to come together at critical moments to resolve the many crises that arose during the negotiation process."

His final resting place will be in a private family cemetery, close to the village of Mvezo, where he was born.

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A woman holding a candle and a rose cries outside the house of former South African president Nelson Mandela

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South Africans react as they pay tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela

Many used social networks too, to express grief, including Mandela's wife Graca Machel.

The anti-apartheid icon, held in the highest esteem across the world for leading his nation's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s after 27 years in prison, had been receiving medical care for a lung infection at his home.

Mandela spent his final months surrounded by family after being released from hospital following a three month stay and passed away peacefully, President Jacob Zuma announced in a televised address.

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People light a candle for former president Nelson Mandela on hearing of his death outside his home in Johannesburg

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South Africans gather outside Nelson Mandela's home in Johannesburg

More than 5,600 miles away in London, flowers and a framed picture of Mandela were laid at the base of his statue in Parliament Square in the early hours.

One tribute on a card read: "Thank you for the sacrifices you made for all of us." A second read: "May God shine light on your homecoming in heaven.

"Rest in Peace Mr Mandela."

Lungi Morrison, the granddaughter of fellow apartheid opponent Archbishop Desmond Tutu, sang after lighting a candle for Mandela outside the South African High Commission, the BBC said.

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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)

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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)

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    Nelson Mandela, a senior member of the African National Congress, in prison on Robben Island.

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    circa 1964: Nelson Mandela, President of the African National Congress (left) in discussion with C Andrews, a Cape Town teacher. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

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    A file photo dated 1961 of South African anti-apartheid leader and member of the African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

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    File photo of African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie at their wedding in 1957. This copy was taken from the family album the original was by Alf Khumalo. (Photo credit should read ALF KHUMALO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    JOHANNESBURG - SOUTH AFRICA: Nelson Mandela (3rd from right), leader of the African National Congress (ANC), Patrick Molaoa and Robert Resha charged with treason by the South-African Union walked to the room where their trial was being held, Drill Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa.(Photo by API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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    Nelson Mandela, leader of the African National Congress (ANC), adopts a boxing pose, wearing shorts, t-shirt and boxing gloves, circa 1950. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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    (FILES) Zinzi Mandela (c), daughter of jailed-for-life African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela, holds a placard, 29 August 1985 at the campus of the Cape Town University as she and other black and white students stage a demonstration requesting the release of ANC activists. At right, an other student holds a picture of Mandela. (Photo credit should read GIDEON MENDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Winnie Mandela (C), leaves the Palace of Justice in Pretoria 16 June 1964 with her fist clenched, after the verdict of the Rivonia Trial was given, sentencing eight men, including her husband anti-apartheid leader and member of the African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela, to life imprisonment. The men were charged with conspiracy, sabotage and treason. (Photo credit should read OFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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    African women demonstrate in front of the Law Courts in Pretoria, 16 June 1964, after the verdict of the Rivonia trial, in which eight men, among them anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela, were sentenced to life imprisonment. The eight men were accused of conspiracy, sabotage and treason. (Photo credit should read OFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Eight men, among them anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela, sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia trial leave the Palace of Justice in Pretoria 16 June 1964 with their fists raised in defiance through the barred windows of the prison car. The eight men were accused of conspiracy, sabotage and treason. (Photo credit should read OFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela studies a giant card to her then-husband African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela at his 70th birthday held in Johannesburg 18 July 1988. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela addresses the crowd standing behind a pile of cards to her then-husband South African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela at his 70th birthday held in Johannesburg 18 July 1988. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela with her grandson Ntsika addresses at her then-husband jailed African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday held in Johannesburg 18 July 1988. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela studies messages to her then-husband South African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela at his 70th birthday held in Johannesburg 18 July 1988. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Zinzi Mandela, daughter of jailed-for-life anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela, wearing 16 July 1988 in Soweto boxing gloves given to her father by the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson as a present for his 70th birthday. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Crowds of people carrying cross & ANC banner w. pix. of Mandela at Uitenhage shootings memorial service (rally) at Kwanobuhle stadium. (Photo by William F. Campbell//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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    BRANDFORT, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 26: Winnie Mandela (L), wife of ANC vice-president Nelson Mandela, arrives at the town of Brandfort, 26 March 1986, where she has been banished for nine years. Winnie Mandela arrived with boxes of toys for local children from a top west German diplomat. (Photo credit should read GIDEON MENDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    (FILES) Winnie Mandela (l), wife of jailed-for-life anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela, raises a clenched fist 27July 1987 during the funeral of Sello Motau, senior member of the 'Umkhonto We Sizwe' (Spear of the Nation), the ANC military wing, who was gunned down in Swaziland 09 July 1987. At Winnie's left, Sello Motau's mother. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Black youths w. commemorative t-shirts (incl. release Mandela) bearing ANC flag at funeral for anti-apartheid unrest victims in Alexandra township. (Photo by Selwyn Tait//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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    Rev. Allan Boesak (C) in crush of press, at entrance to Victor Verster Prison, re impending release of ANC ldr. Nelson Mandela. (Photo by William F. Campbell//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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    Press waiting at entrance to Victor Verster Prison for arrival of Winnie Mandela, re impending release of her husband ANC ldr. Nelson. (Photo by William F. Campbell//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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    A young man holds a local newspaper announcing that ANC is unbanned, on February 02, 1990 in Cape Town during a demonstration of anti-Apartheid marchers demanding the release of all the political prisoners in South Africa, in which anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela. (Photo credit should read RASHID LOMBARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Winnie Mandela in crush of reporters, arriving at Victor Verster Prison to see her husband ANC ldr. Nelson, re his impending release. (Photo by William F. Campbell//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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    (Multi-racial) crowd of ANC supporters demonstrating for release of imprisoned African Natl. Cong. ldr. Nelson Mandela. (Photo by William F. Campbell//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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    Conservative Party (pro-apartheid) supporters at right-wing rally, w. KP & anti-(Pres.) F.W. (de Klerk) & ANC ldr. Mandela banners. (Photo by William F. Campbell//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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    ANC ldr. Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie raising fists upon his release from Victor Verster prison after 27 yrs. (Photo by Allan Tannenbaum//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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    ANC ldr. Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie raising fists upon his release from Victor Verster prison after 27 yrs. (Photo by Allan Tannenbaum//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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    SOUTH AFRICA - CIRCA 1990: Nelson Mandela in Soweto, South Africa in 1990 - The leader NELSON MANDELAduring the meeting of African National Congress (ANC) after his liberation. (Photo by Lily FRANEY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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    ANC ldr. Nelson & Winnie Mandela (prob.) at ANC rally in Capetown, S. Africa. (Photo by William F. Campbell//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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    ANC ldr. Nelson Mandela poised against ANC flag backdrop, at ANC rally in Capetown, S. Africa. (Photo by William F. Campbell//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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    Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (L) and his then-wife Winnie raise their fists 11 February 1990 in Paarl to salute cheering crowd upon Mandela's release from Victor Verster prison. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela delivers his first public speech in Cape Town, 11 February 1990, since his release from jail. He urged white South Africans to join ANC in working for a new South Africa. At right, Mandela's wife Winnie Mandela. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHALDHLA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela rides in car through cheering fans as exiting from Victor Verster prison upon his release, 11 February 1990. (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A jubilant Sowetan holds up 11 February 1990 in Soweto a newspaper announcing the release of anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela, at a mass ANC rally. South African President de Klerk lifted 02 February the 30-year-old ban on the ANC and the South African Communikst Party, and 11 February, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Vester prison, near Cape Town, after 26 year since he was sentenced to life imprisonment. (Photo credit should read TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Members of nea-fascist All White Brotherhood protest against Frederik de Klerk's reforms and imminent release from jail of anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela during a rally in Pretoria, 10 February 1990. (Photo credit should read TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    South African activist and Nobel Peace Prize and Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu reacts at announcement of the freedom of the anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela, on February 10, 1990 at his home in Soweto. (Photo credit should read TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Women and children dance and sing on road near Nelson Mandela's Soweto home, 10 February 1990, shortly after hearing that African National Congress leader is to be freed from jail. Nelson Mandela spent 26 years in jail. (Photo credit should read TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Freed anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (L) and his wife Winnie stroll, 12 February 1990, in the garden of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's residence in Cape Town, one day after the release from jail of Nelson Mandela. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela smiles as he poses during a photo session after his first press conference since his release from jail, 12 February 1990 in Cape Town. AFP PHOTO WALTER DHLADHLA (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela shown in a file photo dated 12 February 1990 posing for photographers in Cape Town during a photo session after his first press conference after his liberation from jail. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Young boys try to see anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela at Orlando soccer stadium 12 February 1990 whilst thousands of Sowetans wait for him. Mandela arrived in Johannesburg this evening but has not been to Soweto yet. (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Young boys try to see anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela at Orlando soccer stadium 12 February 1990 whilst thousands of Sowetans wait for him. Mandela arrived in Johannesburg this evening but has not been to Soweto yet. (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Jubilant inhabitants of Soweto attend a mass african National Congress (ANC) rally to be addressed by freed anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela at Orlando stadium in Soweto, 12 February 1990. It's the first rally Nelson Mandela is holding since his release from jail, 11 February 1990. The rally was originaly called for to celebrate the unbanning of the ANC but turned out to be a celebration for the release from jail of Nelson Mandela. (Photo credit should read PHILIP LITTLETON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    (FILES) African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (2nd-L), together with South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu (L), Mandela's then-wife Winnie (C), Walter Sisulu, ANC secretary-general and former Robben Island prison inmate (2nd-R), and Sisulu's wife Albertina, walk in this file photo taken 12 February 1990 in the garden of Tutu's residence in Cape Town, one day after Mandela's release from jail. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA: Young boys try to see ANC President Nelson Mandela at Orlando soccer stadium 12 February 1990 whilst thousands of Sowetans wait for him. Mandela arrived in Johannesburg this evening but has not been to Soweto yet. (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela smiles and clenches his fist as he poses during a photo session after his first press conference since his release from jail, 12 February 1990 in Cape Town. AFP PHOTO WALTER DHLADHLA (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People march in Havana, 15 February 1990, to celebrate the liberation of South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in jail, was freed 10 February 1990. (Photo credit should read RAFAEL PEREZ/AFP/GettyImages)

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    SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA: Enthusiastic supporters wait behind a banner commending the release of ANC leader Nelson Mandela outside Mandela's Soweto home 14 February 1990 leaning against a wall fence while Nelson Mandela was being interviewed. (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (L) and former political prisonner Andrew Mlangeni (R) listen to Cyril Ramaphosa of the Reception Committee on how to disperse the large crowd which had gathered outside his Soweto house, febrary 13th. (Photo credit should read PHILIP LITTLETON/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie play with their grandchild Bambata at their Soweto home 21 February 1990. After the banning of the ANC in 1960, Nelson Mandela argued for the setting up of a military wing within the ANC. On June 12, 1964, eight of the accused, including Mandela, were sentenced to life imprisonment. Nelson Mandela was released on February 11, 1990. AFP PHOTO WALTER DHLADHLA (Photo credit should read WALTER DHALDHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Jubilant inhabitants of Soweto find room where they can in and on a bus to reach Orlando stadium in Soweto, 12 February 1990, to attend a mass African National Congress (ANC) rally to be addressed by freed anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela. It's the first rally Nelson Mandela is holding since his release from jail, 11 February 1990. The rally was originaly called for to celebrate the unbanning of the ANC but turned out to be a celebration for the release from jail of Nelson Mandela. (Photo credit should read TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/GettyImages)