The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams, has described Nelson Mandela as 'an inspirational leader' and 'a truly great man'.
Nelson Mandela personifies the struggle for freedom and equality for all. Through his courage and perseverance he achieved what so many considered to be impossible and brought about real change. After centuries of oppression he liberated South Africa from the tyranny of racial apartheid and in doing so demonstrated to the rest of the world how to lead with compassion and grace.
His ability to unify communities and deliver justice to a fractured and tormented state is unparalleled and his legacy will continue for generations to come.
Six-year-old Emma Williams was invited to sit on Nelson Mandela's lap when he visited Wales in June 1998. Now 22, she speaks to ITV News.
Nelson Mandela's first ever television interview was given to ITN reporter Brian Widlake in May 1961.
Former ITV News presenter Sir Trevor McDonald was the first journalist to interview Nelson Mandela after his release from prison in 1990.