Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, 15 December following a week of national mourning, President Jacob Zuma announced on Friday. The official memorial service for Mandela will take place at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on Tuesday, 10 December.
“The sun will rise tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. It may not appear as
bright as yesterday, but life will carry on,” Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu
reassured South Africans on Friday, leading the country’s outpouring of love and sadness for Nelson Mandela.
Heartfelt tributes from leaders across the world continued to pour in on Friday following the death of Nobel Peace laureate and statesman Nelson Mandela. ”He achieved more than could be expected for any man and today he’s gone home,” US President Barak Obama said.
As the country’s flags were lowered to half-mast on Friday, South Africans from all walks of life continued to arrive at the corner of 4th and 12th Avenue in Houghton, Johannesburg to pay their respects outside the home of former president Nelson Mandela.
The South African National Aids Council and the Civil Society Forum joined the rest of the world in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela on Friday, saying the HIV community would “sorely miss his cherished role in the response to addressing the epidemic”.
In separate interviews conducted earlier this year in Nelson Mandela’s home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, his sister Nonyekana Bulehluti and cousin Sketshetshe Mandela spoke about their relations to the revered former statesman, who passed away on Thursday evening.
“This is the moment of our deepest sorrow,” President Jacob Zuma said as he announced the passing of former president Nelson Mandela in a live address on national television shortly before midnight on Thursday: “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.”
President of the world! That was Friday’s headline in the Sun, a British tabloid that usually dishes silly scandal. Newspapers across the world – from tabloids to highbrow broadsheets – are all respectfully honouring Nelson Mandela, the man who brought the hope of peace not only to South Africa, but to the world.
The global sporting community was united in expressing its respect and love for Nelson Mandela after his passing on Thursday, with sports administrators and personalities from Gary Player to Tiger Woods paying tribute to a man who was able to harness the power of sport to bring people together.