Key dates in the mourning period for former President Nelson Mandela announced by President Jacob Zuma:

  • Sunday, 8 December: National Day of Prayer and Reflection: all synagogues, temples, churches, mosques, etc.
  • Tuesday, 10 December: Official memorial service: FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
  • Wednesday, 11-Thursday, 12 December: Former President Mandela to lie in state: Union Buildings, Pretoria
  • Sunday, 15 December : State Funeral for Former President Nelson Mandela: Qunu

5 Responses to Mourning Period Dates in South Africa

  • Joann Pettiford Brooker says:

    Brother Mandela graced this earth for 95 years – what a blessing! May his journey to God’s house be peaceful. Although I am Black American, Nelson Mandela means the world to me. A soldier, leader, freedom fighter, dignified, kind, gentle, a father, grandfather, husband, friend – he was so much to so many people. God bless his family.

  • Mr. Mandela has left us richer than anything money can buy.

    We, in The Humanitarian Mission of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. have learned, with profound sadness, of the passing of the Excellent Madiba, the ultimate example of esprit de corps; a man who defined the aspirations of all freedom loving people around the world.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors I extend sincere condolences to the Government and People of the Republic of South Africa on the passing of former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, anti-apartheid hero and father of democracy in South Africa.

    It has been said that “one act does not define a leader. It is their lasting legacy they leave behind.” Indeed, this great human being did just that by the way he lived and by the things he taught us through his struggles, sacrifices, and words of courage and wisdom.

    Pandit Suresh Sugrim, President of the organization says the world has lost a great freedom fighter and statesman with the death of South Africa’s first black President, Nelson Mandela. All is not lost however, for he has left us with a great legacy and left us richer than anything money can buy. He lived his life by virtues of truth, honesty, knowledge, caring and sharing with peace.

    We are indeed saddened by his passing but he lived a great life, touching the world with his genuine love, kindness and compassion, having taught us much, so let’s celebrate his life.”Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” The world has lost democracy’s most loyal friend and advocate for freedom and justice.

    Nelson Mandela was the 20th century’s icon of freedom and liberty. “He inspired us to believe that no obstacle is too large; no walk is too long, and no enemy of freedom is so powerful, that we should ever consider giving in. He has lived a life not only for himself and the people of South Africa, but the entire world. He has lit the candle for the world to see freedom.

    “His life will surely become one of the most epic stories in world history, of the true depth and strength of the human spirit. He inspired us with his life, his words, his work and his triumph. ”

    Pandit Sugrim, said Mandela will forever be remembered as a man who fought for freedom and won it for millions, around the world, without once compromising his beliefs or his principles. He has sacrificed his life for freedom

    The legacy he has left us is one we shall always celebrate and we shall always thank God for Nelson Mandela. The prayers, love and support of the Board of Directors, Executives and members of the Humanitarian Mission of New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc, its Guyana and Toronto Chapter are with his family and those dear to him.

    May he rest in peace knowing that he leaves behind many who will continue his fight and carry on his legacy?

  • diane sanders thaler says:

    There are no words to describe the huge degree of respect I have for Nelson Mandela. If I could have 1/100 of the humility that he had I would be a better person walking this earth. The example he showed us all will live forever in my mind and countless others. His heart, soul and spirit expanded with each breath he took while he was with us and will continue to expand as he soars above us, hopefully watching over us and protecting us from ourselves. I am just a speck in the dust but, from the deepest part of me, thank you Nelson Mandela for being you and giving to us, your deep love, humor and bright light. I am sure there is a star in the skies that God named for you when you were born. XO

  • Lisa Alfred says:

    My heart has been heavy every day since the passing of Mr. Mandela. I thank him for all of the sacrifices he made for his people. Eventhough I am an American, I see myself as one of his people. Because of his example, I continue to pledge that I will do whatever I can to make this world a better place for others. Thank You Mr. Mandela. We will not forget or take for granted the road you paved for all of us – everywhere.


    The South African Muslim Network (SAMNET) joins all South Africans in mourning the passing of Mr Nelson Mandela, an icon in South Africa and across the world, and an inspiration to so many of us.

    We convey our most sincere condolences to his family, the African National Congress and South Africans at large.

    Madiba left a legacy second to none in the annals of South African history and although his unshakeable passion to eradicate injustice brought him and his family much strife and suffering, he remained steadfast in championing in the cause of the poor, powerless and down-trodden.

    To him justice and equality were indivisible and had to be relentlessly pursued irrespective of race, colour or creed and without fear or favour. Remarkably, he never deviated from the consistent, principled response to injustice and inhumanity throughout his life even when it was politically “incorrect”.

    We can all take solace from the fact that his was a life truly well lived in the service of his fellow beings.

    The best tribute we can give to Madiba would be to emulate many of the principles he stood for, to speak truth to power and to continue to build on his legacy of non- racism and equality for all.

    Dr Faisal Suliman

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