National day of mourning for Nelson Mandela

//National day of mourning for Nelson Mandela

National day of mourning for Nelson Mandela

Large crowds are expected to gather at ceremonies to mark a national day of prayer and reflection for the late Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday.

South African President Jacob Zuma has urged people to attend events to celebrate the life of their former leader.

Tens of thousands of people have already turned out to remember Mr Mandela at his home in Houghton and in Soweto where he lived many years ago as a young lawyer.

Multi faith ceremonies are taking place all over the country. In Johannesburg Mr Zuma will attend a service at a Methodist church, while Mr Mandela’s successor as president Thabo Mbeki will mark the day of prayer at a local synagogue.

The Nelson Mandela foundation is also holding a ceremony at its headquarters and in a township outside the city, Cathy Kathrada, a fellow inmate at Robben Island will host a ceremony of remembrance.

Mr Kathrada will speak about his Robben Island inmate, in what is being billed as a celebration of his life.

US President Barrack Obama will attend Tuesday’s national memorial at the FNB stadium in Soweto, so too will UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon.

Following that Mr Mandela’s remains will lie in state for three days at union buildings Pretoria, then on Sunday next he will be buried in his home village of Qunu.

Irish events

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are travelling to South Africa today and will attend a state commemoration for Mr Mandela on Tuesday.

The Irish branch of the African National Congress is organising a service at the Methodist Church in Abbey Street in Dublin this evening.

RTÉ News – News Headlines

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