South Africans hold day of prayer for Mandela

South Africans are taking part in a national day of prayer and reflection to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela.

Women sing during a service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Soweto. Credit: Reuters

The prayers mark the start of a series of events to honour South Africa's first black president.

Mandela's former wife Winnie Mandela attended a memorial service in Johannesburg this morning alongside president Jacob Zuma.

Men pray during a service for the former South African leader. Credit: Reuters

A national memorial service for Mandela will be held at a Johannesburg stadium on Tuesday with figures including President Obama and David Cameron expected to attend.

Mandela's body will lie in state in Pretoria from Wednesday to Friday before his funeral and burial next Sunday.

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Day of 'prayer and reflection' in South Africa for Mandela

South African president Jacob Zuma has lead tributes to Nelson Mandela at a church service in Johannesburg. Mandela's funeral will take place on Sunday 15th December in Qunu, Eastern Cape.