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Nelson Mandela funeral on Dec. 15: President Obama will attend

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The funeral for Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa who died on Thursday, will be held after a week of mourning in South Africa. The funeral will be held on Dec. 15, 2013, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Friday morning.

On Friday, South Africans are reportedly united in their mourning of their icon leader. Persons are celebrating his incredible life with songs and dance. As can be expected, others are fearing that his death could cause South Africa to become vulnerable to racism and social tensions again.

The official announcement about the burial of Mandela came from President Jacob Zuma. He said that the anti-apartheid hero will be buried at his ancestral home in the Eastern Cape, following 10 days of national mourning out of respect for Mandela.

The White House announced on Thursday evening that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be attending Mandela’s funeral.

On Dec. 10, a memorial service will be held for Mandela at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium.

South Africans – followed by the world – were informed of Mandela’s death on Thursday as Zuma made the announcement. He announced that Mandela had passed away peacefully at the age of 95 at his Johannesburg home in the presence of his family. Mandela was ill for a long time prior to his death.

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