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A man holds a candle outside the house of former South African president Nelson Mandela following his death 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. (Dec. 5, 2013)

South Africans pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

South Africans are paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, the 94-year-old former leader who has been hospitalized since June 8 with a recurring lung infection. The popular leader brought the country out of the apartheid era and served as its first president in 1994. Mandela died on Dec. 5, 2013 at the age of 95.

South Africans gather outside Nelson Mandela's home in
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South Africans gather outside Nelson Mandela's home 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, President Jacob Zuma said on December 6. (Dec. 6, 2013)

A woman holding a candle and a rose
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A woman holding a candle and a rose cries outside the house of former South African president Nelson Mandela following his death 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. (Dec. 5, 2013)

South Africans react as they pay tribute to
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South Africans react as they pay tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela following his death 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. (Dec. 5, 2013)

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South Africans hold a candlelight vigil outside the
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South Africans hold a candlelight vigil outside the house of former South African president Nelson Mandela following his death 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. (Dec. 5, 2013)

South Africans sing in tribute to former South
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South Africans sing in tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela outside his house following his death 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. (Dec. 5, 2013)

A man holds a candle outside the house
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A man holds a candle outside the house of former South African president Nelson Mandela following his death 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. (Dec. 5, 2013)

South Africans gather for a candlelight vigil outside
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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. 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. (Dec. 5, 2013)

Press gather outside the home of former President
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Press gather outside the home of former President Nelson Mandela before it was announced by South African President Jacob Zuma that Mandela had died, in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Dec. 5, 2013)

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Unidentified people stand outside the entrance to former
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Unidentified people stand outside the entrance to former President Nelson Mandela's home in Johannesburg, South Africa before it was announced by South African President Jacob Zuma that Mandela had died. (Dec. 5, 2013)

A little boy watches as a woman poses
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A little boy watches as a woman poses with a Nelson Mandela portrait outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, where former South African president Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in Pretoria. (July 6, 2013)

Stones with get-well messages, in support of former
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Stones with get-well messages, in support of former South African President Nelson Mandela, lay in front of his house in Johannesburg, South Africa. (July 6, 2013)

Street construction workers pose for a photo taken
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Street construction workers pose for a photo taken by their colleague, not in the photo, near letters and stones with get-well messages in support of former South African President Nelson Mandela. (July 6, 2013)

Children lay down stones with get-well messages written
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Children lay down stones with get-well messages written on them in support of former South African President Nelson Mandela. (July 6, 2013)

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A little girl writes a message to Nelson
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A little girl writes a message to Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, where former South African president Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in Pretoria. (July 6, 2013)

Well-wishers pray for former South Africa President Nelson
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Well-wishers pray for former South Africa President Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, where he is in critical condition in Pretoria. (July 6, 2013)

A South African woman holds a basket of
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A South African woman holds a basket of flowers with a candle bearing an image of former South African President Nelson Mandela, outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, where he is being treated, in Pretoria, South Africa. (July 6, 2013)

A gospel group sings outside of the Mediclinic
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A gospel group sings outside of the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where former South African president Nelson Mandela is in critical condition. (July 6, 2013)

Candles burn near a portrait of Nelson Mandela
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Candles burn near a portrait of Nelson Mandela outside of the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where former South African president Nelson Mandela is in critical condition. (July 6, 2013)

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A child sits in the center of a
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A child sits in the center of a gospel group singing outside of the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where former South African president Nelson Mandela is in critical condition. (July 6, 2013)

Women follow a gospel group singing outside of
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Women follow a gospel group singing outside of the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where former South African president Nelson Mandela is in critical condition. (July 6, 2013)

A racegoer dons Nelson Mandela inspired dress and
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A racegoer dons Nelson Mandela inspired dress and hat while participating in a fashion competition during the annual Durban July horse races in Durban, South Africa. (July 6, 2013)

A Durban July horse racegoer wears a sticker
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A Durban July horse racegoer wears a sticker with the image of former South African President Nelson Mandela on her face in Durban, South Africa. (July 6, 2013)

A man walks by a portrait of Nelson
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A man walks by a portrait of Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where former South African president Nelson Mandela is in critical condition. (July 6, 2013)

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Winnie Madikizela Mandela, front right, the second wife
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Winnie Madikizela Mandela, front right, the second wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, takes part in a rally in honor of Nelson Mandela, who is in critical condition in a hospital in Pretoria. (July 5, 2013)

Two people hold hands outside the Mediclinic Heart
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Two people hold hands outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, where former South African president Nelson Mandela is in critical condition. (July 5, 2013)

Letters with well wishes in support of former
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Letters with well wishes in support of former South African President Nelson Mandela lay in front of his house in Johannesburg, South Africa, while he is being treated at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. (July 5, 2013)

Mamogodi Sello, center, dances outside the Mediclinic Heart
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Mamogodi Sello, center, dances outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (July 1, 2013)

Jessica Mbangeni, center, performs a poem for former
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Jessica Mbangeni, center, performs a poem for former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (July 1, 2013)

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Well wishes and drawings are seen outside Nelson
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Well wishes and drawings are seen outside Nelson Mandela's house in Johannesburg, South Africa. (July 1, 2013)

A child is seen next to some of
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A child is seen next to some of the get-well messages outside Nelson Mandela's house in Johannesburg, South Africa. (July 1, 2013)

People light up and release lanterns outside Nelson
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People light up and release lanterns outside Nelson Mandela's house in Johannesburg, South Africa. (July 1, 2013)

Members of MK salute outside the Mediclinic Heart
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Members of MK salute outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (June 30, 2013)

A man sings and holds a bible outside
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A man sings and holds a bible outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (June 30, 2013)

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Ethopian Orthordox church members conduct a prayer service
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Ethopian Orthordox church members conduct a prayer service outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (June 30, 2013)

Ontlametse Phalatse, a 13-year old girl holds a
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Ontlametse Phalatse, a 13-year old girl holds a wellwishers message outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (June 30, 2013)

A man wears a traditional fabric with a
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A man wears a traditional fabric with a photo of former South African president Nelson Mandela as he stands outside the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital in Pretoria where Mandela is hospitalized. (June 29, 2013)

Children sit by a wall of messages and
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Children sit by a wall of messages and flowers left for former South African president Nelson Mandela outside the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital in Pretoria where Mandela is hospitalized. (June 29, 2013)

A baby sits by messages and flowers left
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A baby sits by messages and flowers left for former South African president Nelson Mandela outside the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital in Pretoria where Mandela is hospitalized. (June 29, 2013)

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Children sit by messages and flowers left for
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Children sit by messages and flowers left for former South African president Nelson Mandela outside the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital in Pretoria where Mandela is hospitalized. (June 29, 2013)

Members of the Sion church at a baptism
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Members of the Sion church at a baptism ceremony in Mbashe river near Mvezo where former South African president Nelson Mandela was born. (June 29, 2013)

A well wisher chants prayers in support of
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A well wisher chants prayers in support of former South African president Nelson Mandela at the entrance to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital where Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (June 29, 2013)

A family leaves flowers in front of a
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A family leaves flowers in front of a wall covered with messages for former South African president Nelson Mandela outside the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital where he is hospitalized. (June 29, 2013)

A man wearing a T-shirt of President Barack
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A man wearing a T-shirt of President Barack Obama stands by a wall covered with messages and flowers for former South African president Nelson Mandela outside the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital where he is hospitalized. (June 29, 2013)

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People sing gospel outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital
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People sing gospel outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where ailing former South African president Nelson Mandela is hospitalized. (June 28, 2013)

A child places flowers outside Nelson Mandela's house
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A child places flowers outside Nelson Mandela's house in Johannesburg, South Africa. (June 29, 2013)

Pebble stones with get well messages for former
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Pebble stones with get well messages for former South African president Nelson Mandela are seen outside his home in Johannesburg, South Africa. (June 29, 2013)

A man paints a portrait of former president
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A man paints a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, where Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection in Pretoria, South Africa. Family members and President Jacob Zuma have visited Mandela in the hospital. (June 27, 2013)

An unidentified girl with her face painted with
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An unidentified girl with her face painted with the word "Madiba," in reference to Nelson Mandela, stands outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, where former South African president Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria. Nelson Mandela's health improved overnight and his condition remains critical but is now stable, the South African government said Thursday in a statement that brought a measure of relief to the country. (June 27, 2013)

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A sand sculptor is seen doing his bit
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A sand sculptor is seen doing his bit for the former South African president Nelson Mandela at the South Beach in Durban. (June 27, 2013)

Men hold posters of former South African president
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Men hold posters of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Vilakazi Street next to his former home in Soweto township in Johannesburg, South Africa. (June 27, 2013)

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