Funeral arrangements for the late South African President Nelson Mandela have been announced as follows:
Sunday, Dec 8: Nat'l Day of Prayer and Reflection
Tuesday, Dec 10: Memorial service in Soccer City, Soweto, where Mandela made his last public appearance
Memorial service at Centennial Pavilion in Monrovia
Dec 11 – Dec14: Mandela's body will lie in State at the Government Union Buildings in Pretoria, the seat of government
Sunday, Dec 15 (6 a.m. GMT / 1 a.m. EST) : State burial in Qunu, Eastern Cape, where Mandela grew up. The funeral is expected to blend Christian, tradition Xhosa and State burial rites.
(Courtesy of Euronews.com)
The anti-apartheid icon passed away at 95.
President Jacob Zuma annouonced Mandela's passing on national television in South Africa. Mr. Mandela died peacefully at his home in Johannesburg, Zuma said. Cable News Network (CNN) aired live coverage of South Africans celebrating Mandela's life in songs reminiscent of the anti-apartheid struggle he led. CNN also aired a photo of Mandela with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
World leaders such as US President BArack Obama as well as Britain's Tony Blair and David Cameron made internationally televised statements mourning the tragic loss of an icon. It is expected that scores of heads of state will be in attendance at Mandela's funeral.
More to follow as it unfolds….