Nelson Mandela death: World mourns South Africa's first black president

21 February 2014

ohannesburg, South Africa (CNN) -- South Africans mourned Friday the death of the man who led the fight to end the system of apartheid here and then went on to lead the country itself.

"We will always love Madiba for teaching us that it is possible to overcome hatred and anger in order to build a new nation and a new society," President Jacob Zuma told reporters Friday, using the affectionate clan name shared by his countrymen for Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

He will be buried in a state funeral on Sunday, December 15, in his ancestral hometown of Qunu in the Eastern Cape province in a state funeral, Zuma said.

Sunday will be a "national day of prayer and reflection," in which people throughout the nation will gather in places of worship to conduct "prayer services and meditation reflecting on the life" of Mandela, Zuma said.

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