Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, 15 December following a week of national mourning, President Jacob Zuma announced on Friday. The official memorial service for Mandela will take place at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on Tuesday, 10 December.
Expressions of grief and condolence have poured in from across the world after former president, Nobel Peace laureate and statesman Nelson Mandela, the world's icon of reconciliation, compassion and goodwill, died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg on 5 December 2013. He was 95.
As the country's flags were lowered to half-mast on Friday, South Africans from all walks of life continued to arrive at the corner of 4th and 12th Avenue in Houghton, Johannesburg to pay their respects outside the home of former president Nelson Mandela.
"The sun will rise tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. It may not appear as
bright as yesterday, but life will carry on," Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu
reassured South Africans on Friday, leading the country's outpouring of love and sadness for Nelson Mandela.
Heartfelt tributes from leaders across the world continued to pour in on Friday following the death of Nobel Peace laureate and statesman Nelson Mandela. ''He achieved more than could be expected for any man and today he's gone home," US President Barak Obama said.
"This is the moment of our deepest sorrow," President Jacob Zuma said as he announced the passing of former president Nelson Mandela in a live address on national television shortly before midnight on Thursday: "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
The South African National Aids Council and the Civil Society Forum joined the rest of the world in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela on Friday, saying the HIV community would "sorely miss his cherished role in the response to addressing the epidemic".
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