Obamas, Ban Ki-moon will attend Mandela memorial

By Drum Digital
08 December 2013

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will attend Nelson Mandela's memorial service in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will attend a memorial service in South Africa on Tuesday in honour of late civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, a White House official said.

"The president and Mrs Obama will be attending the national memorial service for former president Mandela on Tuesday in Johannesburg," the official said, adding that further details would be provided later.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is also expected to trave  Johannesburg for the memorial service.

Ban "will leave Paris for South Africa on Sunday  and h e will return to New York on Wednesday," Ban's office said in a brief statement.

The memorial, at Johannesburg's 94,000-seat Soccer City stadium, comes ahead of the funeral, which will see a cortege with Mandela's coffin pass through the streets of Pretoria on three consecutive days.

A number of presidents, religious leaders and cultural figureheads from around the world, including are flocking to South Africa for the memorial service and funeral.

Mandela died December 5 at age 95 at his home in Johannesburg. - Sapa-AFP

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