So, far 53 heads of state from across the globe have confirmed they will attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, due to be held on Tuesday in Johannesburg. This number is expected to rise.
- 13 heads of African states will be at the funeral
- 15 heads of state will travel from other continents
- From the US, President and Mrs Obama will be accompanied by three former Presidents, Carter, Bush (George W), Clinton and their partners.
- 26 members of the US Congress will also attend
- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will be accompanied by four former Heads of State: Presidents Sarney, Cardoso, and Lula da Silva
Some of the heads of state will speak at the service. After the service a new statue will be unveiled.
From South Africa ITV News Presenter Mark Austin writes on what the future holds for the new, post-Mandela, Rainbow Nation.
The rugby captain whose handshake with Nelson Mandela came to define the progress of post-apartheid South Africa pays tribute to his idol.