7 December 2013

Africa: South Africa Prepares for Mandela's Funeral, Mourning Continues

That was South African President Jacob Zuma. African leaders meeting in Paris for a summit Friday are holding a moment of silence to mark the passing ... ( Resource: African Leaders Hold Moment Of Silence For Mandela )

South Africa is preparing for the funeral of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela who died Thursday at the age of 95.

President Jacob Zuma said South Africa has lost "its greatest son and our people have lost a father."

Scores of world leaders and celebrities are expected for the funeral and memorial services of South Africa's first black president. Every living U.S. president is also expected to attend the funeral, health permitting.

The state funeral will be held December 15 and Mandela will be buried in his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape province.

Sunday, December 8 has been declared a national day of prayer and reflection. President Zuma has called for South Africans to gather in "halls, churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and in their homes" for prayer and meditation to reflect on the life of Mandela and his contribution to South Africa and the world.

The official memorial service will be held on December 10 at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium - the site of the 2010 World Cup final.

From December 11 - 13, Mandela's remains will lie in state at the Union Building in Pretoria and official memorial services will also be held in all provinces and regions.

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