Johannesburg, Dec 6 IBNS | 11 months ago

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday night, will be be buried on Dec 15 at his rural home in Qunu, the country's President Jacob Zuma announced on Friday.


He will be given a state funeral.

The Nobel peace laureate and iconic anti-apartheid leader passed away at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg surrounded by his family.

While the whole country mourned the death of their Madiba, Zuma ordered that all flags of the Republic of South Africa be lowered to half-mast from Dec 6, and to remain at half-mast until after the funeral.

Zuma also said that as part of the national week of mourning for Mandela, Dec 8 has been declared as the 'Day of Prayer and Reflection'. On this day, the nation has been called upon to gather at all places of worship to pray and hold services and reflect on Madiba's life.

Mandela's body will remain in state at government buildings in Pretoria from Dec 11. At present his body is reportedly kept at a military morgue in Pretoria.

Meanwhile, the Government of India has decided that five days state mourning will be observed from Dec 6 to 10 as a mark of respect to Mandela.

"During the state mourning, the national flag will be flown at half mast from 6th to 10th December, 2013 throughout the country and there will be no official entertainment," said the Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement.

(Posted on 06-12-2013)