Saturday, funeral plans for Nelson Mandela were announced and ten days of mourning have been declared in South Africa and will end with his funeral; Nelson Mandela’s funeral is being called “the biggest funeral” that the world has ever seen. President Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral on December 15 in South Africa, along with numerous leaders from around the world.
Memorial services are being held all over South Africa over the next few days. Mandela’s funeral will be at his home in Qunu, according to the NY Daily News.
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.”
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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