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Saturday 23 September 2017

Family: We have lost a great man

Ndaba Mandela, a grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, talks to journalists in Johannesburg (AP)
Ndaba Mandela, a grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, talks to journalists in Johannesburg (AP)
Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 on Thursday

Nelson Mandela's family said they have "lost a great man, a son of the soil" in their first statement since his death.

A spokesman for the Mandela family read the statement to journalists in Johannesburg.

The statement said: "The pillar of the royal Mandela family is no more with us physically, but his spirit is still with us.

"We have lost a great man, a son of the soil whose greatness in our family was in the simplicity of his nature in our midst - a caring family leader who made time for all and on that score we will miss him dearly."

Mr Mandela died on Thursday at the age of 95.

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