The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela in pictures

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Nelson Mandela and Graca.

The Zimbabwe Independent brings you the life and times of the late former South African Nelson Mandela in pictures.

Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtatu and passed on on December 5, 2013 at Houghton Estate in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela in the early 1960s, before he was sentenced in 1964 to life in prison for sabotage.

Nelson Mandela in the early 1960s, before he was sentenced in 1964 to life in prison for sabotage.

Mandela and his second wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Mandela and his second wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Nelson Mandela, with his wife, Winnie, walks to freedom after 27 years in prison on Feb. 11, 1990, in Cape Town.

Nelson Mandela, with his wife, Winnie, walks to freedom after 27 years in prison on Feb. 11, 1990, in Cape Town.

Nelson Mandela is greeted by Fidel Castro on a visit to Cuba in 1991.

Nelson Mandela is greeted by Fidel Castro on a visit to Cuba in 1991.

Frederik W de Klerk and Nelson Mandela shake hands.

Frederik W de Klerk and Nelson Mandela shake hands.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe with Nelson Mandela in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1998.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe with Nelson Mandela in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1998.

Nelson Mandela with kids....

Nelson Mandela with kids….

Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel arrive during the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup football matches.

Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel arrive during the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup football matches.

Nelson Mandela  and Graca.

Nelson Mandela and Graca.

Nelson Mandela surrounded by family.

Nelson Mandela surrounded by family.

First Lady Michelle Obama visiting Nelson Mandela on her tour to South Africa in 2011.

First Lady Michelle Obama visiting Nelson Mandela on her tour to South Africa in 2011.

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