Source: USA TODAY
The funeral of former South African leader Nelson Mandela will take place on Dec. 15 — a Sunday — in the Eastern Cape village of Qunu, South African President Jacob Zuma has said.
Mandela grew up in Qunu.
Zuma made the announcement in a press conference Friday. He confirmed that Mandela will be accorded a state funeral.
Mandela’s body will lie in state at government buildings in Pretoria from Dec. 11, until the burial.
Zuma also said that Dec. 8 will be a “national day of prayer and reflection” for South Africans.
“We call upon all our people to gather in halls, churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, and in their homes for prayer services and meditation, reflecting on the life of Madiba and his contribution to our country and the world,” Zuma said.
A separate memorial service will be held on Dec. 10 on the outskirts of Johannesburg in a stadium that can seat around 100,000.
Mandela died Thursday. He was 95. He was perhaps the world’s most famous political prisoner.
Heads of state, including President Obama, and well-known personalities from every corner of the planet may attend the funeral.
South African Airways has said it will provide a special service to transport invited mourners to Mandela’s funeral in his rural hometown.