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Nelson Mandela's funeral to be held on Dec. 15

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The funeral of former South African leader Nelson Mandela will take place on Dec. 15 - a Sunday - in the Eastern Cape village of Qunu, South African President Jacob Zuma has said.

Mandela grew up in Qunu.

Zuma made the announcement in a press conference Friday. He confirmed that Mandela will be accorded a state funeral.

Mandela's body will lie in state at government buildings in Pretoria from Dec. 11, until the burial.

Zuma also said that Dec. 8 will be a "national day of prayer and reflection" for South Africans and that a separate memorial service will be held on Dec. 10 on the outskirts of Johannesburg in a stadium that can seat around 100,000.

Mandela died Thursday. He was 95.

Heads of state, including President Obama, and well-known personalities from every corner of the planet may attend the funeral.

South African Airways said it will provide chartered air transport for invited mourners to Mandela's funeral in his rural hometown in Eastern Cape province.

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