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South Africans are contemplating a future without Nelson Mandela after the death of the country’s first black president who led the struggle against apartheid.The day has seen more and more people gathering at the family home in Johannesburg where he died aged 95 in the company of his family after a long illness. “It’s a sad day in South Africa, I must say, we’ve lost a great role model, really. But I think the greatest thing is that at least his legacy, you know, will live on,” said a local woman, Shandu Lukoto.“He spent 27 years in prison, you know, just to give to the people of South Africa, what freedom means,” said a male resident, Gcina Dlanjwa.“It’s a pretty sad day, I mean, we’re lucky to be in an area where there’s been such a great man who had so much forgiveness and compassion,” another man, Jamie Alexander, added.In Cape Town, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a friend of Mandela and a fellow Nobel prize winner, led a service of remembrance.All over South Africa and beyond people have been gathering to celebrate the life of the man who oversaw the end of white minority rule and symbolised reconciliation and peaceful co-existence. “Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rohlihla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,” President Jacob Zuma said in a nationally televised address: “Our people have lost a father. Although we knew this day was going to come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, passion and humanity, earned him their love,” he added.Mandela would receive a full state funeral, Zuma said, ordering flags to be flown at half mast. Mandela rose from rural obscurity to challenge the might of white minority apartheid government – a struggle that gave the 20th century one of its most respected and loved figures.He was among the first to advocate armed resistance to apartheid in 1960, but was quick to preach...