Nelson Mandela’s Funeral Planned for December 15th

Posted Friday December 6, 2013 11:36 AM GMT

The world is in mourning with the death of Nelson Mandela, and South African President Jacob Zuma has announced the time and place of the late leader’s funeral.

Earlier today (December 6) Zuma declared, "We should all work together to organize the most befitting funeral for this outstanding son of our country.”

To that end, the funeral for Nelson Mandela will take place on Sunday, December 15th, 2013 in the Eastern Cape Province of Qunu.

Furthermore, President Zuma announced that the Sunday prior (December 8th) the country will hold a “national day of prayer and reflection.”

"The official memorial service will be held on the 10th of December at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. From the 11th to the 13th of December the remains of our beloved Madela will lie in Pretoria, where he served as the first president of this young democracy; during these days official memorial services will also be held in all provinces and regions. Once again, we thank all South Africans for the dignity, respect, and the support that has been provided to the Mandela family from the period of Mandela's illness to his eventual passing."

On Thursday (December 5) Zuma shared, "Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who, more than any other, came to embody their sense of a common nationhood. Our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embraced Mandela as their own, and who saw his cause as their cause."

In response to the news of Nelson Mandela’s death, Oprah Winfrey posted a message to her Instagram account- "One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him. He was everything you've ever heard and more—humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all."

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