Smiling contentedly and holding the hand of his great-grandson, this is the last known portrait of Nelson Mandela. It was taken in May as he rested at home in Johannesburg in his favourite armchair – just a month before he was hospitalised.|
For Mr Mandela’s family, the picture stands as a charming souvenir of happier times. And for three-year-old Lewanika it will, says his father, become ‘something he will treasure when he is old enough to understand’.
It is a fitting final image of a historic figure whom all of South Africa is mourning – yet also celebrating for his legacy of peace, a statesman whose influence will be deeply felt all around the globe long into the future.
Final portrait: The last known photo of Nelson Mandela, taken in May, sees him with his great-grandson, three-year-old Lewanika, holding his hand and smiling