Dec 06, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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South Africa’S President Joseph Zuma has announced plans to honour the country’s anti-apartheid hero and it’s first black president Nelson Mandela who died yesterday. Zuma announced a week of mourning for the deceased leader. Zuma called his countrymen to a day of prayer and reflection on Sunday. He also announced a national memorial service, scheduled for Tuesday at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium. The body of the deceased South African leader will then lie in state until Friday before being transported to his southeastern coastal hometown of Qunu, for burial on December 15th. Mandela died after months battling a recurring lung infection – a legacy of the 27 years he spent in the notorious Robben Island Institution as a political prisoner during the apartheid era of white rule. In the House of Commons today Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that Mandela’s long march to freedom ensures his legacy in the world. Mandela became an honorary Canadian citizen in 2001. Mandela’s body will lie in state in Pretoria from Wednesday, December 11th until the state funeral on Sunday, December 15.

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