Nelson Mandela Mourners Outside Home Celebrate His Life

Official says Nelson Mandela on life support; Zuma cancels travel plans

Mandela and Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda arrive at an ANC rally on March 3, 1990, in Lusaka, Zambia. Mandela was elected president of the ANC the next year.

6, 2013 By ANTHONY CASTELLANO via Good Morning America Township residents march to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, Dec. 6, 2013. Ben Curtis/AP Photo Despite the profound sense of sadness that has fallen over South Africa with the passing of their former president Nelson Mandela , mourners said it was also a time to celebrate the achievements of the anti-apartheid leader who emerged from prison to become South Africa’s first black president. Mandela’s body was moved early this morning from Johannesburg to Pretoria’s One Military Hospital. Mandela’s coffin was draped in South Africa’s flag. The black SUV-type vehicle containing Mandela’s coffin was escorted by the military. There will now be 10 days of national mourning throughout the country. A memorial service will be held Dec. 10 at a stadium in Johannesburg. His body will lie in state in Pretoria from Dec. 11-13 so that South Africans can pay their final respects. He will then be taken to his ancestral village of Qunu on Dec.15 where he’ll be buried alongside three of his children who are deceased. Nelson Mandela, Anti-Apartheid Hero, Dead at 95 Read Mandela’s Most Inspirational Quotes Meanwhile, Nelson Mandela’s eldest grandson said his family has been overwhelmed by the global outpouring of support since the passing of the 95-year-old former president. Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu remembered Mandela, saying, “What’s going to happen to us now that our father has died..The sun will rise tomorrow, the next day and the next.
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