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Week of mourning and Mandela funeral schedule announced

South African President Jacob Zuma announced Friday the schedule for the mourning period and funeral for Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday.
Posted By JC Finley   |   Dec. 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM   |   Comments

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Dec. 6 (UPI) -- South African President Jacob Zuma announced today the funeral plans to honor the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who passed away Thursday at the age of 95.

"We should all work together to organize the most befitting funeral for this outstanding son of our country and the father of our young nation," Zuma said as he presented the details of the week to come.

The first event will occur Sunday, designated a national day of prayer, and will conclude a week later with a state funeral.

On Tuesday there will be a large memorial service at FNB stadium in Johannesburg that will likely be broadcast globally.

Mandela will then lie in state in Pretoria for three days, his body in a glass-topped coffin.

A state funeral will be held that Sunday, with world leaders in attendance. He will be buried in his childhood village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

The funeral is expected to be on a scale comparable to the funerals of Winston Churchill and Pope John Paul II.

[The Guardian]
[Los Angeles Tiimes]

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