10, 2013. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) VIP’s and dignitaries stand up for the start of the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday Dec.
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State funeral, public farewells expected for Nelson Mandela
We never thought he would be buried here,” Sidloyiya said. “Many of the elders, even older than me, are upset that they cannot attend the funeral, but they will be watching it on the television and are at least happy that he will be buried in Qunu.” A woman shouts as troops rehearse for a funeral procession for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the airport on Dec. 13 in Mthatha. Mandela will be buried in the nearby village of Qunu on Dec 15. Schalk van Zuydam, AP A police officer closes a gate as he blocks access to buses leaving for the Union Buildings from the Tshwane Events Center in Pretoria. Justin Sullivan, Getty Images A man climbs a fence as the casket of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela passes through Pretoria. Markus Schreiber, AP A mourner is led away by a police office after paying his respects to former South African president Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings. Alexander Joe, AP A South African solider writes a memorial to former president Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Museum outside his family’s farm in Kunu. Jim Hollander, epa Women are consoled after walking past the casket of former South African president Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Matt Dunham, AFP/Getty Images Women sit in a home in the village where Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo. Jeff J. Mitchell, Getty Images A mourner is helped by military personnel after paying her respects to former South African president Nelson Mandela. Alexander Joe, AP Visitors place flowers and other tributes at a makeshift shrine as they honor former South African president Nelson Mandela