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Nelson Mandela to be buried on Sunday, December 15th.

The government of South Africa closed the public viewing of the body of former president, Nelson Mandela, on Friday evening to prepare for the last funeral rites scheduled for Sunday. Nelson Mandela died of cancer on December 5th at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95. His body has been lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria since Wednesday this week. According to the government programme, on Saturday the body will be flown to his home village of Qunu where it will be buried after a traditional ceremony and a church service presided over by archbishop Desmond Tutu. A national day of reconciliation will take place on Monday, December 16th, when a statue of Nelson Mandela will be unveiled at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president in 1994.


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