Nelson Mandela Funeral Set For Dec. 15

The former South African President will be laid to rest on Dec. 15 in the village of Qunu where he grew up

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela

The funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela will be held on Dec. 15, President Jacob Zuma announced Friday.

Mandela, the first black President of South Africa who led the country out of apartheid, died Thursday. Zuma said there will be a memorial service on Dec. 10 and a day of “prayer and reflection” on Dec. 8.

The leader of the anti-apartheid movement will also lie in state buildings in Pretoria, one of the country’s three capital cities, from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13. The death of the 95-year-old peaceful-resistance icon was announced on Thursday; he had been released from the hospital Sept. 1 after suffering from a lung infection throughout the summer.

The White House announced Friday that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will go to South Africa next week “to pay their respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela and to participate in memorial events.”

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush will accompany Obama on Air Force One, his spokesperson told Politico. Former President Bill Clinton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he and his family will also head to South Africa, but it’s not clear whether he will travel with the Obama.

Former President George H.W. Bush will not be making the trip, according to Politico.

Mandela’s services will be held throughout South Africa over the next week; the memorial will be held at a stadium in Johannesburg before his body is moved to Pretoria on Dec. 11. He will be buried in his home village of Qunu.

[AP]

13 comments
HillaryDarton
HillaryDarton

Keep up the good work President Obama. I still support you.

Openminded1
Openminded1

A man for his people and country. A man that will be remembered in history as a true hero and a one of kind human being.

ClarenceLeDearn
ClarenceLeDearn

Qunu is in the traditional Xhosa tribal lands,   to help you find it on a map,  Umtata is the putative capital,  what there is of it.  Mandela was a Xhosa,  they're best known as the tribe with the 'clicking' language.  Qunu was near Mandela's birthplace.


Under apartheid,  the area was known as Transkei,  roughly halfway up the E side of South Africa,  SW of Durban.

Channah
Channah

Interesting-----------I knew Pretoria and Johannesburg are capitals.  But, what is the third one?

GHMukiibi
GHMukiibi

Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape town not Johannesburg.
Johannesburg has not been one capital since.

leonvang
leonvang

@JohnNagel = How appropriate then that Obama goes with world's no. 1 war criminal

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 Their both dead now mantis. what is inappropriate is the likes of a liar muslim racist like  Obama going ,talk about contrast. Obama is not even a quarter of the man Mandela was.