Nelson "Madiba" Mandela, aged 95, died yesterday 5th December 2013, at 8.50PM (local time) at his home in Johannesburg, surrounded by his family, including his second and third wives.
Today the news is full of adulation for the former mass murderer and president. Typical would be Evan Davis' question to Tony Blair on BBC Radio 4 this morning.
Davis: "Mr Blair, when did you first realise that Nelson Mandela was no ordinary Nobel Peace Prize winner but actually one of the greats?"
Tony Blair's response was so trite it is not worth reporting
There will be three days of official mourning in South Africa, then a state funeral.
This is a very sad time, especially for George Osborne who could reasonably have expected the news to be all about him given that he delivered his Autumn Statement to parliament yesterday.
After the announcement of the death people congregated near Mandela's house and started dancing a form of dance called toyi-toyi which involves jumping up and down and stamping feet to intimidate enemies, and singing "Liberation" songs in Xhosa including the words "Kill the whites." The British media have not been offering English translations of the songs, although they have been playing them.
This is now a dangerous time for the 3 or 4 million whites remaining in South Africa. Many blacks have made no secret of the fact that they were only waiting for the death of Mandela before embarking on a white genocide.
Presumably the South African government will heavily repress mass violence during the mourning and funeral. The eyes of the world will be on the country and many world leaders will wish to attend the funeral. But the months that follow, after the media has moved on, will be another matter altogether.