The 15 most striking Mandela mourning pictures

2013-12-12 17:04

Since the death of former president Nelson Mandela in South Africa, there has been no shortage of powerful images. Here are 15 of the most striking images taken during the past week.

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, at the age of 95 on 5 December. An official memorial service was held at FNB stadium, in Soweto. He will be buried at Qunu, in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.

  • Announcement
    Flowers are layed on the ground in front of the South African Embassy in Paris a day after the death of former president Nelson Mandela. People gathered in cities around the world to make their own personal tributes to Nelson Mandela. (Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP)

  • Memorial Mass
    Winnie Mandela Madikizela, ex-wife of late President Nelson Mandela, prays during a mass in memory of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. (AFP) 
  • Prayers
    Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu blesses the congregation at St George's cathedral in Cape Town during service honouring Nelson Mandela. (Nielen de Klerk, News24)

  • Flowers, tributes

    Flowers and tribute messages are seen outside Nelson Mandela's home in Johannesburg. (AFP)

  • Icon

    A man wears keyrings showing the face of Nelson Mandela taped to his ears to mimic earrings as he and others celebrate his life, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg. (AP)

  • State Memorial in Johannesburg
    A couple sits under umbrellas in the rain and clean a poster of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela with a towel before the memorial service for Mandela at the FNB Stadium in the Johannesburg. (Markus Schreiber, AP)

  • Colourful:
    People cheer before the State Memorial of former president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. (Nielen de Klerk, News24)

  • Rain:

    Mourners gather for a Nelson Mandela memorial service at the FNB stadium in Soweto. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

  • Dance:
    A boy and a woman dance after former president Nelson Mandela's procession passed by en route to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. (Nielen de Klerk, News24)

  • Procession:

    The funeral procession with the hearse carrying the body of Nelson Mandela drives towards the Union Buildings in Pretoria. (Bernat Armangue, AP)

  • Carried to Union Buildings

    Military officers carry the coffin of former president Nelson Mandela to the Union Buildings for the lying in state in Pretoria. (Markus Schreiber, AFP)

  • Lying in state:
    Nelson Mandela's widow GraçaMachel bids farewell to Nelson Mandela lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. (AFP)
  • Distraught

    Nelson Mandela's former assistant, Zelda le Grange together with Bono and his wife, Alison Hewson leave after seeing the coffin of Nelson Mandela lying in state. (Alet Pretorius, Foto24/Sapa) 

  • Collapse:
    Soldiers assist a woman who collapsed after bidding farewell to former president Nelson Mandela lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. (AFP)

  • Queue:
    People queue for busses before heading to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where the body of former South African president Nelson Mandela is lying in state for three days. (Jacoline Prinsloo, Dirco, AP)

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