Mandela to be laid to rest in Qunu, Eastern Cape, on December 15

Fri Dec 6, 2013 8:28am EST
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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest at his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on December 15, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

A week of national mourning would include an open-air memorial service at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium - the site of the 2010 World Cup final - on December 10, Zuma said.

(Reporting by Ed Cropley; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)

A man holds candles in front of a mural of former South African President Nelson Mandela (C) and U.S. President Barack Obama in New York, December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton