Wednesday, December 11, 2013

SOUTH AFRICA - Nelson Mandela's Memorial Service

"World leaders join South Africans to memorialize Nelson Mandela" PBS Newshour 12/10/2013


GWEN IFILL (Newshour):  Millions of people around the world watched early today as South Africans, world leaders, celebrities and a vibrant community of mourners paid final respects to the country's former president and anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela.

A cold rain didn't dampen the spirits of tens of thousands who came from far and near to the four-hour service.  Downpours may have kept others away, with just two-thirds of the stadium's 95,000 seats filled.  But the weather took nothing away from a celebration of Nelson Mandela's life and legacy that was at turns jubilant, raucous and solemn.

The late leader's nephew spoke for his family, praising the humility of the man widely known with affection by his clan name.

GEN. THANDUXOLO MANDELA, nephew of Nelson Mandela:  In his lifetime, Madiba mingled with kings, queens and presidents, and prime ministers, captains of industries and ordinary workers.  At the core of his being, he was a man of the people.

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