Mandela To Be Buried December 15
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president says Nelson Mandela will be buried on Sunday, Dec. 15.
President Jacob Zuma also said Friday that a memorial service in a Johannesburg stadium will be held for the anti-apartheid leader on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Zuma said that Mandela's body will lie in state at government buildings in Pretoria from Wednesday, Dec. 11, until the burial.
He said this coming Sunday, Dec. 8, will be a national day of prayer and reflection.
Zuma thanked people from around the world who are sending condolences to Mandela's family. Mandela died Thursday night at the age of 95.
African leaders meeting in Paris for a summit Friday are holding a moment of silence to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela, a leader who inspired many of them.
Mandela died Thursday, just as leaders from nearly every country in Africa were gathering for a summit on how Africans could take a more active role in bringing peace and security to the troubled continent. It was a cause that was dear to Mandela, who was often involved in brokering peace deals in African conflicts.
"He is comparable to a great baobab — this invincible tree under which everyone shelters," said Guinee President Alpha Conde. "And when this baobab falls, we find ourselves exposed."