As the world mourns the passing of international human rights icon, Nelson Mandela, South African President Jacob Zuma announced the date of the former president’s funeral.
Mandela’s funeral will be held on Sunday 15th December 2013 when he will be laid to rest in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province. Zuma also announced there will be 10 days of national mourning and Sunday, 8th of December as a national day of prayer and reflection.
The official memorial service will be held on Tuesday, 10th of December at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.
From the 11th to the 13th of December, the remains of Mandela will lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he served as the first President of the new democratic nation.
During this period, official memorial services will also be held in all provinces and regions throughout South Africa.
Zuma thanked South Africans for “the dignity, respect and the support” they “provided to the Mandela family, from the period of Madiba’s illness to his eventual passing.”
He praised the late anti-apartheid icon for “teaching us that it is possible to overcome hatred and anger in order to build a new nation and a new society.”
On Friday, Zuma visited the Mandela family home in Houghton Estates, in Johannesburg to meet with Mandela’s widow Graca Machel and other family members.
He addressed the media shortly afterwards.
Zuma announced Mandela’s death shortly before midnight on Thursday where it was also announced that the Former President will be accorded a State Funeral.
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