World 5 December 2013 Nelson Mandela dies aged 95 The former South African leader has died, president Jacob Zuma has announced. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Nelson Mandela has died aged 95, it has been announced. He had been treated at home for a lung infection in recent weeks, after spending three months in hospital. The announcement was made by South African president Jacob Zuma, who said that "what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves. Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell." From the New Statesman's archives: John Pilger, 2013: Mandela's greatness is assured, but not his legacy Hedley Twidle, 2013: The last days of Nelson Mandela Mamphela Ramphele: "Mandela said: never accept anyone telling you one sole organisation is the author of this freedom" › The Treasury has a point on living standards — but it ignores the role of inequality Nelson Mandela. Photo: Getty Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Tim Farron sacks former MP David Ward Michael Dugher interview: "A remarkable achievement" for Jeremy Corbyn to be doing so badly General election 2017: Why don't voters get more angry about public spending cuts?