Public urged to join day of prayer
President Jacob Zuma has declared today a day of prayer and reflection in honour of Nelson Mandela.
JOHANNESBURG - South Africans of all religions and beliefs are being urged to attend events across the country today in honour of former president Nelson Mandela.
Madiba died peacefully at his Houghton home in northern Johannesburg on Thursday at the age of 95.
President Jacob Zuma has declared today a day of prayer and reflection.
He will lead the nation in prayer at the Bryanston Methodist Church at 10am.
The ANC has echoed Zuma's calls to the public to go to their places of worship and pay their respects to Madiba.
ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu says a number of ANC members have been deployed to various religious gatherings, adding some will be going to their own places of worship.
"We would like South Africans to do whatever they can to pray for Madiba."
The party says it's been overwhelmed by the outpouring of emotion shown by members of the public.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will attend the Grace Bible Church in Pimville, Soweto at 9am.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe will attend a service at the Oasis of Life Family Church in Daveyton and his deputy, Jessie Duarte, will attend a Buddhist service in Rosebank at 10am.
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton is holding an open interfaith service at 11:30am which will be led by the Soweto Gospel Choir.
A service will be held at the Saheti School Chapel in Senderwood at 9AM and at Rhema Church in Randburg at 10am.
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa will attend an interfaith service at the Standard Bank Arena at 1pm.
There will be a prayer service at the Oxford Shul tonight at 6pm which will be attended by former president Thabo Mbeki.
Ahmed Kathrada is set to speak at a memorial rally at the Gandhi Hall in Lenasia at 3pm.
Also in Lenasia, the Rameshwar Mandir Temple will host a prayer service at 7pm.
A memorial ride from the World of Yamaha in Marlboro to Madiba's Houghton home is planned for 10am while Critical Mass Johannesburg has arranged a special service cycle from the corners of De Beers and Juta Streets in Braamfontein to Houghton starting at 9am.
Other memorial cycles are already underway.
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The event will be attended by members of the public, officials and world leaders.
The City of Cape Town will host its official memorial service on Wednesday 11 December at the Cape Town Stadium.
Thousands are expected to attend the memorial where a number of artists will perform.
Meanwhile, Mandela's body will lie in state at the seat of government, the Union Buildings, from Wednesday 11 December to Friday 13 December.
There, South Africans and selected international visitors and guests will be able to view his remains.
Mandela's official state funeral will take place in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on 15 December.