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Light of Africa

Print edition : December 27, 2013

Nelson Mandela addressing a rally in Port Elizabeth on April 1, 1990, after his release from prison. Photo: JUDA NGWENYA/REUTERS

With Cuban leader Fidel Castro at a World Trade Organisation meeting in Geneva on May 19, 1998. Photo: AP/Patrick Aviolat

With visiting Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Cape Town on August 11, 1998. Photo: AP/Sasa Kralj

Grief-stricken, outside Mandela's residence in Johannesburg on December 6. Photo: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Soon after his inauguration as President in Pretoria on May 10, 1994, Mandela acknowledging the huge crowd in front of the Union Building with Second Deputy President F.W. de Klerk. Photo: JUDA NGWENYA/Reuters

The nine-decade-long walk, on which he had taken an entire country along with him to freedom, has come to an end. South Africa, and the world, will miss Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

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