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Mandela Hometown Burial Set for December 15

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A young girl with a placard showing the face of Nelson Mandela and referring to his clan name "Madiba", marches with others to celebrate his life, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 6, 2013.

A young girl with a placard showing the face of Nelson Mandela and referring to his clan name "Madiba", marches with others to celebrate his life, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 6, 2013.

South Africa says Nelson Mandela will be buried Sunday, December 15, in his hometown of Qunu, following a state funeral.

President Jacob Zuma gave details on the official services and memorials for Mandela on Friday as South Africans mourned the loss of their former president.

Township residents march to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, Dec. 6, 2013.

Township residents march to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, Dec. 6, 2013.

Zuma declared this Sunday to be a day of prayer and reflection in South Africa, and urged the country's people to gather in "churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and their homes" to pray and reflect on Mandela's life.

He said an official memorial service will be held Tuesday at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium, site of the final for the 2010 World Cup.

Mandela's body will lie in state for three days at South Africa's seat of government, the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Mandela died late Thursday at the age of 95 following a long period of illness.
Mourners lay floral and candle tributes to former South African president Nelson Mandela outside his Johannesburg home, Dec. 6, 2013.

Mourners lay floral and candle tributes to former South African president Nelson Mandela outside his Johannesburg home, Dec. 6, 2013.

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