Mandela to be buried on December 15
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela will be buried on Sunday, December 15, at his rural home in Qunu, and a memorial service in a Johannesburg stadium will be held on Tuesday, December 10, President Jacob Zuma has announced.
Mandela's body will lie in state at government buildings in Pretoria from Wednesday, December 11, until the burial, and this coming Sunday, December 8, will be a national day of prayer and reflection.
South African Airways said it will provide chartered air transport for invited mourners to Mandela's funeral in his rural hometown in Eastern Cape Province.
Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, in a statement said he is strengthened by the knowledge that his grandfather is finally at rest.
"All that I can do is thank God that I had a grandfather who loved and guided all of us in the family," the liberation struggle icon's grandson, Mandla Mandela said.
"The best lesson that he taught all of us was the need for us to be prepared to be of service to our people."
"We in the family recognize that Madiba belongs not only to us but to the entire world. The messages we have received since last night have heartened and overwhelmed us," the grandson said.