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Family, celebrities arrive at FNB Stadium

Madiba’s widow Graça Machel and his ex-wife have arrived at the FNB Stadium.

Crowds gather at the FNB Stadium for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on 10 December 2013. Picture: Werner Beukes/Sapa/Mandela Pool

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Several South African musicians have arrived at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg for former president Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

Mandela passed away peacefully at his Houghton home last Thursday at the age of 95.

He had been battling a recurring lung infection.

Zahara, Danny K and the Soweto Gospel Choir have arrived at the stadium and are expected to perform later.

Currently, gospel artist Solly Mahlangu is entertaining the crowd.

Fellow gospel artist Hlengiwe Mhlaba has already performed.

As the stands fill up slowly there is also a stream of dignitaries slipping into the stadium through a VIP entrance in the basement.

In honour of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg #MandelaMemorial pic.twitter.com/GnYvySftvR

So far we have seen high profile people including Mandela's widow Graça Machel, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, former president Thabo Mbeki and his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela arrive.

Mbeki received loud cheers from the crowd as he made his way to his seat.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu also arrived a short while ago. He was walking next to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan who was at the stadium recently for a youth summit.

Former president FW de Klerk, who has spoken extensively about Mandela over the past few days, is also among the dignitaries.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is also among the international guests and he is travelling with three former ministers.

Meanwhile, the wet weather has not deterred soccer fans and ordinary South Africans from going to the stadium to pay their respects to the global icon.

The global icon will be laid to rest at his rural village of Qunu on Sunday.