President Jacob Zuma and other leaders of South Africa's ruling ANC party visited Nelson Mandela at his Johannesburg home on Monday and found the anti-apartheid icon in good shape and in good spirits three weeks after his release from hospital.
Thousands of South Africans came to the storied township of Soweta on Sunday to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela with loud, raucous parades and festivities outside the small red brick home where as a young lawyer he organized the fight against white rule. With Mandela's passing, Vilakazi Street in the overwhelmingly black township that is home to more than 1.2 million people became a magnet for South Africans on the official day of mourning declared by the government.
Leaders arrived at Soweto's Soccer City Stadium on Tuesday (December 10) for a national memorial service that will honour anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. The memorial event will pay tribute to a life of imprisonment and political struggle that ended in triumph and consecrated Mandela as a global symbol of integrity and forgiveness.
Lean more about the triumphant life of Nelson Mandela by watching our Nelson Mandela playlist: http://bit.ly/1eTJOGI First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about meeting Nelson Mandela and his legacy while visiting Soweto, South Africa. Video courtesy of The White House.
Video message delivered by Dr. Maya Angelou on behalf of the American people in memory of Nelson Mandela. To view this video with captions in Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Hausa, Portuguese, Russian, Sesotho, Setswana, Spanish, Swahili, Wolof, Xhosa, or Zulu, please visit http://goo.gl/h6OeJC.