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Cosatu holds special service for Madiba

The trade union federation held a serve at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto.

A white candle burns in honour of Madiba at the Regina Mundi Church, alongside a photograph and a condolence book. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Friday hailed late former president Nelson Mandela as a visionary.

Madiba passed away at the age of 95 at his Johannesburg home last week Thursday.

The trade union federation is holding a special memorial service for the former president in Soweto on Friday.

There is a celebratory mood at the Regina Mundi Church at this hour.

Cosatu members are remembering the much loved Madiba the best way they know how, through song and dance.

Union members are dressed in T-shirts with the global icon's face.

One mourner says they are giving thanks to Madiba.

A white candle burning in honour of the former statesman is lit in front of the church alongside his photograph and a condolence book.

Meanwhile, Madiba's body lies in state at the Union Buildings for the last time today.

He will be transported to Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

Mandela will receive a state funeral, which will be attended by around 4,000 people on Sunday.