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December 06, 2013 | UhuruSpirit

A file photo taken on July 11, 2010 shows Nelson Mandela waving as he arrives to attend the World Cup football final at Soccer City stadium in Soweto (AFP/File, Thomas Coex)

Johannesburg — South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday announced that Nelson Mandela's funeral will take place on December 15 at his rural childhood home.

"He will be laid to rest on the 15th of December in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province. We should all work together to organise the most befitting funeral for this outstanding son of our country and the father of our young nation," said Zuma.

Zuma said Mandela will be given a full state funeral expected to be attended by a slew of foreign leaders as well as celebrity and sports figures.

While the ailing former statesman's death had long been expected after a spate of hospitalisations, Thursday's announcement came as a shock nonetheless.

He spent 27 years behind bars before being freed in 1990 to lead the African National Congress (ANC) in negotiations with the white minority rulers, which culminated in the first multi-racial elections in 1994.

A victorious Mandela served a single term as president before taking up a new role as a roving elder statesman and leading AIDS campaigner before finally retiring from public life in 2004.

He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with South Africa's last white president F.W. de Klerk in 1993. - AFP

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