An image of Nelson Mandela is displayed on a digital screen as workers construct a stage ahead of Mandela's national memorial service at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
An image of Nelson Mandela is displayed on a digital screen as workers construct a stage ahead of Mandela's national memorial service at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
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09.12.2013People build the stage at the FNB stadium, Johannesburg ahead of memorial service of former president of ANC Nelson Mandela, will take place today (10 Dec 2013). Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng
927 09.12.2013People build the stage at the FNB stadium, Johannesburg ahead of memorial service of former president of ANC Nelson Mandela, will take place today (10 Dec 2013). Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng
Members of the SAPS elite Special Task Force arrives ahead of Nelson Mandela's national memorial service at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
Members of the SAPS elite Special Task Force arrives ahead of Nelson Mandela's national memorial service at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
A man reaches for his daughter, while workers line up outside the FNB stadium where the memorial service for Nelson Mandela will take place. Photo: AP
A man reaches for his daughter, while workers line up outside the FNB stadium where the memorial service for Nelson Mandela will take place. Photo: AP
US President Barack Obama is welcomed upon his arrival on Air Force One to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
US President Barack Obama is welcomed upon his arrival on Air Force One to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at the FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at the FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at the FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at the FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
An image of Nelson Mandela is projected on a screen at the FNB Stadium in Soweto ahead of his memorial service. Photo: AP
An image of Nelson Mandela is projected on a screen at the FNB Stadium in Soweto ahead of his memorial service. Photo: AP
People arrive at First National Bank FNB Stadium ahead of a mass memorial for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at First National Bank FNB Stadium ahead of a mass memorial for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at the FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at the FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
US President Barack Obama (3rd L) and first lady Michelle Obama (C) are escorted upon their arrival on Air Force One to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
US President Barack Obama (3rd L) and first lady Michelle Obama (C) are escorted upon their arrival on Air Force One to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
People start singing as they arrive for a mass memorial for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
People start singing as they arrive for a mass memorial for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
People start singing as they arrive for a mass memorial for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
People start singing as they arrive for a mass memorial for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
A woman is pictured at the FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for  Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. Photo: Reuters
A woman is pictured at the FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. Photo: Reuters
A man waits for the start of the mass memorial Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
A man waits for the start of the mass memorial Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
People sing and dance in heavy rain while waiting for the start of the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People sing and dance in heavy rain while waiting for the start of the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
A woman sings while braving heavy rain as she waits for the start of the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
A woman sings while braving heavy rain as she waits for the start of the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
A woman with tears in her eyes braves heavy rain as she waits for the start of the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
A woman with tears in her eyes braves heavy rain as she waits for the start of the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
A placard showing a picture of Nelson Mandela is seen on the pavement outside the FN) Stadium. Photo: Reuters
A placard showing a picture of Nelson Mandela is seen on the pavement outside the FN) Stadium. Photo: Reuters
A woman holds a portrait of Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
A woman holds a portrait of Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at the FN) Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at the FN) Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
A man waves a South African flag as people arrive at FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
A man waves a South African flag as people arrive at FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People start singing as they arrive for a mass memorial for lNelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
People start singing as they arrive for a mass memorial for lNelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: Reuters
A man waves a South African flag as people arrive at the FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
A man waves a South African flag as people arrive at the FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
People arrive at FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service Nelson Mandela. Photo: Reuters
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows former South African president FW de Klerk and his wife arriving at the memorial service. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows former South African president FW de Klerk and his wife arriving at the memorial service. Photo: AFP
Jean De Villiers and Francoise Pienaar at the FNB Stadium.  Photo: AFP
Jean De Villiers and Francoise Pienaar at the FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (L) and UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi arriving at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.  Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (L) and UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi arriving at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows President Jacob Zuma arriving at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.  Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows President Jacob Zuma arriving at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
Charlize Theron attends the memorial service of Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium.  Photo: AFP
Charlize Theron attends the memorial service of Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
U2's lead singer Bono and Charlize Theron attend the memorial service of Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium.  Photo: AFP
U2's lead singer Bono and Charlize Theron attend the memorial service of Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arriving at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.  Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arriving at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara (L) arriving at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.  Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara (L) arriving at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows French President Francois Hollande (L) and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy arriving at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.  Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows French President Francois Hollande (L) and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy arriving at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
Sweden's Princess Victoria is seen in the VIP tribunes during the memorial service of Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
Sweden's Princess Victoria is seen in the VIP tribunes during the memorial service of Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
Winnie Mandela Madikizela arrives at the FNB Stadium to attend the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
Winnie Mandela Madikizela arrives at the FNB Stadium to attend the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
Zindzi Mandela, Zenani Mandela, Makaziwe Mandela, Winnie Mandela Madikizela and Graca Machel attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
Zindzi Mandela, Zenani Mandela, Makaziwe Mandela, Winnie Mandela Madikizela and Graca Machel attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
Winnie Mandela Madikizela (R) at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
Winnie Mandela Madikizela (R) at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
Graca Machel at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
Graca Machel at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
Winnie Mandela, Madikizela (L) and Graca Machel (R) attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
Winnie Mandela, Madikizela (L) and Graca Machel (R) attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows US President  Barack Obama (C) and First Lady Michelle Obama (R) attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows US President Barack Obama (C) and First Lady Michelle Obama (R) attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows British model Naomi Campbell (L) arriving at FNB Stadium to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows British model Naomi Campbell (L) arriving at FNB Stadium to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows President Jacob Zuma attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows President Jacob Zuma attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivering a speech during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivering a speech during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi Mandela attending the memorial service for her late father. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi Mandela attending the memorial service for her late father. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela (L) attending the memorial service for his late grandfather. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela (L) attending the memorial service for his late grandfather. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows late South African President Nelson Mandela's grandson Mbuso Mandela (L) delivering a speech next to great-granddaughter Phumla Mandela (C) and grandson Zozuko Dlamini Mandela during the memorial service. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows late South African President Nelson Mandela's grandson Mbuso Mandela (L) delivering a speech next to great-granddaughter Phumla Mandela (C) and grandson Zozuko Dlamini Mandela during the memorial service. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows ANC National Chairman Baleka Mbete delivering a speech during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows ANC National Chairman Baleka Mbete delivering a speech during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows France's President Francois Hollande (R) and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows France's President Francois Hollande (R) and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
People sing the South African anthem during the memorial service of Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
People sing the South African anthem during the memorial service of Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
US President Barack Obama attends the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
US President Barack Obama attends the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows former British Prime Minister John Major (backL) shaking hands with former US President George W. Bush (backR) as they arrive at FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows former British Prime Minister John Major (backL) shaking hands with former US President George W. Bush (backR) as they arrive at FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
Former US President George W. Bush (top 2L) and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) arrive for the memorial service of Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
Former US President George W. Bush (top 2L) and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) arrive for the memorial service of Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium. Photo: AFP
US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium.
US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium.
US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium.
US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium.
US President Barack Obama (R) talks with the widow of late South African President Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
US President Barack Obama (R) talks with the widow of late South African President Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff delivering a speech during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff delivering a speech during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A man raises his fist as he watches the retransmission of the memorial service for late former South African president Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
A man raises his fist as he watches the retransmission of the memorial service for late former South African president Nelson Mandela. Photo: AFP
British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) greeting South African minister Maite Emily Nkoana-Mashabane on arrival at the FNB Stadium. Photo: GCIS
British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) greeting South African minister Maite Emily Nkoana-Mashabane on arrival at the FNB Stadium. Photo: GCIS
A woman holds a portrait of late former South African president Nelson Mandela as she attends the retransmission of the memorial service for Mandela, in front of the city hall in Durban. AFP PHOTO / Anesh Debiky
A woman holds a portrait of late former South African president Nelson Mandela as she attends the retransmission of the memorial service for Mandela, in front of the city hall in Durban. AFP PHOTO / Anesh Debiky

Grieving South Africans will mourn alongside presidents and priests at Nelson Mandela’s memorial at FNB Stadium.

The 95 000-seat FNB stadium in Soweto will host the main memorial ceremony for Mandela.