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Mandela to be laid to rest in Qunu

Nelson Mandela. File picture: Juda Ngwenya

Nelson Mandela. File picture: Juda Ngwenya

Published Dec 6, 2013


Johannesburg - Former South African President Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest at his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on December 15, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

Between December 11 and 13, Mandela's remains will lie in state at the Uniion Buildings in Pretoria.

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A week of national mourning would include an open-air memorial service at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium - the site of the 2010 World Cup final - on December 10, Zuma said.

"We should should all work together to organise the most fitting funeral for this outstanding son of our country and the father of our young nation, " Zuma said.


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