Flags flew at half-staff Friday as South Africa, in deep mourning, prepared for a week of reflection, prayer and remembrance before Nelson Mandela is laid to rest in a state funeral next Sunday in the Eastern Cape village of Qunu.


Since his passing on December 5, people from around the world have been paying their respects and reflecting on Mandela’s tireless efforts. Now, it seems the leader’s funeral is schedule to take place on December 15.

SA President Jacob Zuma said, “We should all work together to organize the most befitting funeral for this outstanding son of our country.”

“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 state…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.”

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