Nelson Mandela to be Buried December 15 - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Nelson Mandela to be Buried December 15

Posted: Updated:

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.
 
There's been an outpouring of tributes around the world today to Nelson Mandela. African leaders gathering in Paris for a summit opened their conference with a moment of silence. 
 
Mandela died Thursday, just as leaders from nearly every country in Africa were gathering to discuss how Africans could take a more active role in bringing peace and security to the troubled continent. It was a cause that was dear to Mandela, who was often involved in brokering peace deals in African conflicts.
 
The president of Guinea likened him to the giant baobab tree, calling it the "invincible tree under which everyone shelters." President Alpha Conde added, "when this baobab falls, we find ourselves exposed."
 
Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan described that man who led South Africa through a peaceful transition from apartheid rule as "a courageous voice for justice and a clear moral compass." 

The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa next week to pay respects to Nelson Mandela. 
 
White House press secretary Jay Carney says the Obamas will participate in memorial events, but didn't say specifically what day they planned to be in South Africa. The South African government announced that Mandela would be honored with a state burial on Dec. 15. 
 
In remarks following Mandela's death, Obama counted himself as one of the countless millions who have been inspired by the South African leader.   

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is remembering Nelson Mandela as a "giant among us" who showed the world how to respond to injustice and tragedy.
 
Former President Bill Clinton and Mrs. Clinton were close friends of the anti-apartheid leader who led South Africa in the 1990s.
 
Mrs. Clinton says Mandela understood the importance of bringing democracy and freedom to South Africa and showed others how to live a life of integrity.
 
Clinton spoke Friday on Capitol Hill, where she received an award from the foundation of the late California Congressman Tom Lantos, a Holocaust survivor and longtime champion of human rights.

Maya Angelou, who first met Nelson Mandela in the early 1960s, praised him as a great man worthy of comparison to another icon she knew -- the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
 
"Our planet has lost a friend," Angelou said Friday during a telephone interview with The Associated Press. She was living in Egypt with a South African activist when Mandela visited them. She remembered him as handsome and funny and unusually generous with compliments, able to get along with the varying groups of political opponents to South Africa's apartheid regime. He was imprisoned in 1964, but their friendship resumed in the 1990s after his release.
 
Angelou learned of Mandela's death Thursday just hours after she heard of another friend's passing. "This is a very heavy time," she said sadly. (AP)

Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., released this statement:

President Nelson Mandela paid a heavy price to stand against apartheid while campaigning for human justice and human dignity. His message still resonates though his weary, battle worn body has gone the way of those gone before him.

Long may we remember his courage, his fortitude and his gentle smile; none of which were ever tarnished during the years of his battles, oppression, incarceration, and the restorative years following his release. Ninety-five years of life is a fitting testimony to the strength of character of this legendary statesman.

A portrait hangs in my home. In the frame, poised between his fellow champions Martin and Malcolm, Mandela smiles while Martin is solemn  and Malcolm is stoic. To be able to radiate joy in times of conflict is a gift. To experience their three different expressions, the combined epitome of the human dream of freedom, is simply amazing.

President Mandela now takes his place in history. He will be missed. The world has lost a great leader.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.