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National 6.12.2013 03.49 pm

Mandela funeral in Qunu

A tribute letter is seen among the flowers at the tribute area at Nelson Mandela Square, 6 December 2013. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark
Former president Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on December 15, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

“We should all work together to organise the most befitting funeral for this outstanding son of our country and the father of our young nation,” he told reporters in Johannesburg.

He said that Sunday, December 8, would be a national day of prayer and reflection.

“The official memorial service will be held on December 10 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.”

From December 11 and 13, Mandela’s remains would lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

“[This is] where he served as the first president of this young democracy,” Zuma said.

“During these days, official memorial services will be held in all provinces and regions.”

Zuma thanked South Africans for “the dignified manner in which they have respected and responded to the monumental loss of this monumental icon”.

“[Mandela was] a symbol of reconciliation, unity, love, human rights and justice in our country and in the world,” he said.

UPDATE:

SA Airways will provide flights for mourners wishing to attend former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, the airline said on Friday.

“After consultation with the South African government, SAA has put a special air transport service in place in order to facilitate the movement of mourners to the Eastern Cape… [for] the funeral of former president Mandela,” spokesman Tlali Tlali said in a statement.

He said the service would be available to those invited to the funeral and would also cover their return journeys.

Sapa

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