Saturday, Nelson Mandela’s funeral is being called the "biggest funeral” that the world has ever seen; ten days of mourning have been declared in South Africa and will end with his funeral on December 15 at his home, according to the NY Daily News. Memorial services are being held all over South Africa over the next few days as millions of people around the world mourn the death of the former leader of South Africa.
Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation Clayson Monyela said: “This will be the biggest funeral, possibly, that the world has seen and security will be at the appropriate level. Representatives from most countries, at the highest level, will be here.”
Leaders from around the world are expected to attend the Nelson Mandela's funeral. President Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are expected to attend the funeral on December 15.
Thursday, President Obama addressed the country about the death of Nelson Mandela and what he did for the world. Obama said that Nelson Mandela’s legacy is that he left behind a free South Africa. For more on that story and to see the speech, click here.
Nelson Mandela died Thursday at age 95 after numerous battles with his health. Most recently, Mandela had been having lung infection complications and made several trips to the hospital and stayed there for a length of time. Over the last decade, Nelson Mandela was rarely seen in public.
Nelson Mandela is a former president of South Africa and was best known for spending 27 years in prison in South Africa during apartheid.
In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1994, Mandela became South Africa's first black president and served for five years. His last public appearance was during the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament when it was held in South Africa. He was imprisoned for 27 years in an attempt to fight racist white rule. Mandela was retired and lived in the village of Qunu.
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