Mandela 'stood for freedom and fought oppression'

Jacob Zuma has hailed the legacy of Nelson Mandela saying he "stood for freedom and fought those who oppressed others".

The South African president was speaking in front of mourners including Winnie Mandela at a service in Johannesburg to commemorate the life of Mandela who died on Thursday at the age of 95.

Zuma said Mandela helped unite South Africa as the "rainbow nation" though his belief in reconciliation.

The service marks the start in a series of events to honour South Africa's first black president culminating in Mandela's funeral next Sunday.

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Day of 'prayer and reflection' in South Africa for Mandela

South African president Jacob Zuma has lead tributes to Nelson Mandela at a church service in Johannesburg. Mandela's funeral will take place on Sunday 15th December in Qunu, Eastern Cape.