Madiba Death: South Africa Parliament To Pay Tribute

South Africa's anti-apartheid hero and former president Nelson Mandela
South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero and former president Nelson Mandela

South Africa’s parliament is to meet to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, as world leaders prepare for Tuesday’s memorial service.

The special sitting comes at the start of a week of commemorative events before a state funeral on 15 December.

Some 60 world leaders are expected to attend either the funeral or a national memorial service on Tuesday.

On Sunday, millions took part in a “day of prayer” to remember the country’s first black president.

Over the next eight days, a series of events will commemorate the man who steered their country out of white-minority rule.

US President Barack Obama, Francois Hollande of France and UK PM David Cameron will be among those attending Tuesday’s memorial at a Soweto stadium.

On Saturday, Cuban state media announced that President Raul Castro would be one of those attending Mr Mandela’s funeral.

Under Mr Castro’s brother Fidel, Cuba was a staunch critic of apartheid, and Mr Mandela had expressed gratitude for his support.

BBC

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