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A military fly-past above a statue of former South African president Nelson Mandela shortly after it was unveiled at the Union Buildings on Monday in Pretoria, South Africa. South African president Jacob Zuma unveiled the 9 metre bronze statue as part of the Day of Reconciliation celebrations.
South African children form a human chain as they walk to sign messages for Madiba during the annual Mandela christmas party at the Mandela Museum and Youth Centre in Nelson Mandela’s ancestral village of Qunu, South Africa.
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The body of former South African president Nelson Mandela is transported to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Mandela’s body will lie in state for three days as part of a week of events commemorating his life.
South African mourners hold posters of former president Nelson Mandela, while chanting slogans as the convoy transporting the body of Nelson Mandela passes by in Pretoria, South Africa
VIPs and dignitaries stand up for the start of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg
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A street child holds up a poster bearing the image of South African former president Nelson Mandela as he begs during rush hour in Mthata near Nelson Mandela’s former home Qunu.
Sixty-two-year-old Olivia Tsangane, a neighbour of Nelson Mandela, poses for a photograph in the late South African president’s ancestral village of Qunu, South Africa. The inspirational world leader died on 5 December aged 95.
Young Indian schoolchildren hold candles and portraits of former South African president Nelson Mandela as they pay tribute to him on hearing of his death, at a school in Ahmadabad, India.
Kindergarten children sing “Happy Birthday” to Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa.
South African artist John Adams works on a giant acrylic-on-canvas painting of Nelson Mandela in the driveway of his house in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. Adams said he felt driven to create the portrait as a way of thanking the ailing former president for creating educational opportunities that enabled him to become an artist. He plans to auction the painting and donate the proceeds to children’s charities.
People pray in Pretoria’s Petra church during a gospel mass on Sunday. Nelson Mandela, former South African president, remains in a critical condition in Pretoria’s Medi Clinic Heart hospital where emotional crowds continue to gather, as relatives and clan elders make preparations for the revered former leader’s final journey
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Children release balloons after a prayer for former South Africa President Nelson Mandela on Friday outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. During a nearly one month battle for his life in hospital, Mr Mandela has occasionally been uncomfortable but has not been in pain, his wife Graca Machel said on Thursday. Doctors said he was in a “permanent vegetative state” and advised his family to turn off his life support machine, according to court documents dated June 26 obtained by AFP.
A woman from a prayer group plays an instrument on Thursday outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where former South African president Nelson Mandela is staying. The exhumed remains of three of Nelson Mandela’s children at the centre of an ugly family feud were due to undergo forensic tests today before reburial in the anti-apartheid hero’s childhood village. The public row comes as the 94-year-old former political prisoner, who became South Africa’s first black president, lies critically ill in hospital.
Seven-year-old Lehlohonolo Nkosi waves in front of her mother’s shadow as they leave the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, where Nelson Mandela, former South African President, is being treated, in Pretoria on Wednesday
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A man prays for Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated for a lung infection in Pretoria, South Africa.
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An African National Congress party supporter outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria shouts slogans while dancing in support of former South African president Nelson Mandela. Mr Mandela was in a “very critical” condition on life support, family members said.
Ninety-five children release 95 balloons outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, Pretoria, after praying for Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, to mark his upcoming 95th birthday. Mr Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection. Family members and President Jacob Zuma visited Mr Mandela in the hospital on Thursday.
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A shepherd in Qunu, a rural village where former South Africa President Nelson Mandela grew up. Mr Mandela’s family members gathered on Wednesday to hear a sombre prayer wishing the anti-apartheid icon a “peaceful, perfect end” as he lay in hospital in critical condition.
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Children walk past former South Africa President Nelson Mandela souvenir flags being sold across the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum in Soweto Township on Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa. South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mr Mandela’s condition has become critical since he was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago for a recurring lung infection.
Nokuthula Mbonde stands next to a mural of Nelson Mandela in Soweto in Johannesburg, South Africa.