Nelson Mandela Funeral: Watch It Here

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By Gil Kaufman After a rain-soaked memorial service attended by nearly 100,000 on Tuesday, former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is being laid to rest in his home village in the Eastern Cape province of Qunu. Unlike Tuesday’s public memorial, which featured stirring speeches from the likes of U.S. president Barack Obama and other world leaders and dignitaries and inspired everyone from Beyonce to Rihanna and Ed Sheeran to offer praise today’s final goodbye will be a more private affair. According to the Wall Street Journal , only 4,500 invited guests will gather at Mandela’s home, including president Jacob Zuma and foreign dignitaries, including Britain’s Prince Charles and civil rights icon the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who will represent the United States While locals will be barred from the ceremony, large television screens will be set up around the village to view the funeral, though the burial will remain a private affair for family only. BET.Com is providing a live stream of the events during the special, “BET Remembers Nelson Mandela: The Passing of a Legend.” Tune into BET for complete coverage of Nelson Mandela‘s funeral, beginning at 3 a.m. ET and running until 12 p.m. ET and go to for additional stories and remembrances of Mandela. Nelson Mandela
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Thousands unable to pay respects to Mandela


VPC Beckharie Winship , Special for USA TODAY 1:01 p.m. EST December 13, 2013 Police block the road in front of the dome where the funeral ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela will take place on Dec. 13 in Qunu. (Photo: Udo Weitz, epa) Elders in Qunu saddened they can’t attend Sunday’s funeral Thousands turned away in Pretoria as Mandela’s body lies in state Later Friday, body will be flown to Eastern Cape before being transported to Qunu SHARE 61 CONNECT 58 TWEET 10 COMMENTEMAILMORE QUNU, South Africa As the government puts final touches on Nelson Mandela


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