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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, President Jacob Zuma said. In a nationally televised address, Zuma said South Africa's first black president would be accorded a full state funeral. He ordered flags to be flown at half mast. (Reporting by Ed Cropley; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
1657 GMT: South African President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation to inform them of the passing of Nelson Mandela at 95 years old. A sombre Zuma said, "Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. "Let us commit ourselves to strive together… to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.