Obama leads tributes to Mandela at memorial service

US President Barack Obama has led the tributes to Nelson Mandela saying that South Africa's democracy is his "cherished legacy." Thousands gathered in Johannesburg to celebrate the life of the former South African president.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu wraps up memorial service

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is giving a blessing to bring the memorial service to a close.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

He begins: "I stand here as an old man and I want to remind you that we got to this point because we were disciplined. So I am not going to give you a blessing until all of you stand."

"I want to hear a pin drop," he exhorts, before looking all around him to check that everyone is standing.

"You must show the world that we are disciplined," he says.

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Govt building to be named after Nelson Mandela

President Zuma announces that the Union Buildings amphitheatre, where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated in 1994, will now be called the 'Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre'.

The Union building is seen behind the city of Pretoria
The Union building is seen behind the city of Pretoria Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

He said this is a "fitting tribute to a man who transformed the Union Buildings from a symbol of racism and repression to one of peace, unity democracy and progress".

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