The former South African president, who sadly passed away at the age of 95 on Dec. 5, will have a state funeral on Dec. 15 in his ancestral home of Qunu, CNN reports. The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, says it will be a ‘national day of prayer and reflection.’
Nelson Mandela sadly passed away on Dec. 5 at home in Houghton, South Africa. The legendary leader had been suffering from a recurring lung infection and was frequently in the hospital over the last year. Although he will be buried on Dec. 15, his memorial begins on Dec. 10 and goes until Dec. 13 in Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa.
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“We will always love Madiba for teaching us that it is possible to overcome hatred and anger in order to build a new nation and a new society,” President Jacob Zuma told reporters on Dec. 6, according to CNN.
Nelson’s memorial service will be held on Dec. 10 at the First National Bank Stadium in Johannesburg. From Dec. 11 through Dec. 13, his body will “lie in state at the seat of government” in Pretoria, where he was inaugurated as president on May 10, 1994.
His state funeral will be held in his ancestral hometown of Qunu on Dec.15, which is located within South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. The day of his funeral will be a “national day of prayer and reflection” where South Africans will gather in “places of worship to conduct prayer services and meditation reflecting on the life,” he said.
Nelson Mandela Dead — ‘Will Sleep for Eternity’
The revolutionary leader fought passionately against the injustice of apartheid and later dedicated himself to bringing the South African nation together peacefully after apartheid was abolished.
In an interview for the documentary, Mandela (1996), Nelson said, “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” Nelson truly committed himself to making the world a better place, and he succeeded. He leaves behind an incredible legacy and will not be forgotten.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones at this time.
— Ivy Jacobson