Breaking News: Nelson Mandela Dies at 95
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Dec 9 2013 3:19PM
Global icon Nelson Mandela has died. CBS News reports the former South African president who battled apartheid before becoming its first democratic leader, died at his home in South Africa after several months of ongoing health problems.
Mandela was, to many, the conscience of the world - a man who emerged from the tiny South African village where he was born to become a defining figure of our time.
South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement Thursday evening in an address to the nation.