Posted: Dec 6, 2013 1:01 PM
Source: Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's president has laid out the schedule of formal events to honor Nelson Mandela, who died last night at the age of 95.
President Jacob Zuma declared this Sunday a national day of prayer and reflection. That will be followed Tuesday by a memorial service in a Johannesburg stadium. The anti-apartheid leader's body will lie in state at government buildings in Pretoria from Wednesday, Dec. 11, until burial on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Meanwhile, people across South Africa are remembering Mandela with song, tears and prayers today. In a church service in Cape Town, retired archbishop Desmond Tutu said Mandela would want South Africans themselves to be his "memorial" by adhering to the values of unity and democracy that he embodied. Tutu says Mandela inspired South Africans "to walk the path of forgiveness and reconciliation" in the post-apartheid era and kept the country from going up in flames.
South Africa's last apartheid-era president, F.W. de Klerk, says Mandela's legacy was to ensure that South Africa would never again allow one people to suppress another.