South Africa prepares to welcome world leaders, huge crowds of mourners
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 16:41:12 GMT —
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa expects overwhelming crowds and a host of world leaders to attend services honoring late President Nelson Mandela. But with ceremonies only days away, officials aren't sure how they're going to handle the crowds. They say they expect the crowd for a public memorial on Tuesday will far exceed the 95,000-person capacity of the stadium where it's being held, and overflow areas will have to be set up.
A week of mourning, with several events planned, has been declared by the government. Mandela will be buried in his rural hometown in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Among those who have said they will be traveling to South Africa to honor Mandela are President Barack Obama and his two predecessors, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.