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NewsDay gives you hourly updates of the late former South African president Nelson Mandela’s memorial service currently happening in Johannesburg.By Monday night, hundreds of heads of state, government officials, and royals had confirmed their attendance.

Click here to read Obama’s full speech

Julius Malema’s EFF party pictured below as Bishop Ivan Abrahams now begins the sermon.

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ANC supporters at the stadium. Photo: Oupa Nkosi
ANC supporters at the stadium. Photo: Oupa Nkosi

 

15:25 Zuma’s speech has ended – Bill Clinton and other VIPs seem to be leaving the stadium.

“The powerful name of Nelson Mandela lives on. It continues to inspire our people every single day “– Zuma

Mail and Guardian

Zuma addresses the memorial- Picture by Reuters
Zuma addresses the memorial- Picture by Reuters
 15:00 Jacob Zuma gives a reminder of the brutality of the apartheid state, and what Madiba had to fight against.

“Mandela has set an insurmountable example to Latin America,”says Cuban President Raul Castro ahead of Zuma’s appearance.

Mail and Guardian

14:38 Cuba’s Raul Castro Ruz speaks as mourners stream out of the stadium.

People from all walks of life came in large numbers at the FNB Stadium in Soweto in support of the former president Nelson Mandela. Photo: Oupa Nkosi
People from all walks of life came in large numbers at the FNB Stadium in Soweto in support of the former president Nelson Mandela. Photo: Oupa Nkosi

“To us, Nelson Mandela was a visionary who epitomised an uncommon humanness “– India’s President Pranab Mukherjee.

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“Mandela chose forgiveness over retribution” – Pohamba

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14:20Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba speaks now to a lot of singing and cheering. It’s hard to make out what the crowd is singing.

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“The great leader had his eye focused on his country, his people and the whole of Africa” –  Brazil President Dilma Rousseff

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff addresses. With a translator, she addresses Graça Machel first. Picture by Reuters
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff addresses. With a translator, she addresses Graça Machel first. Picture by Reuters
Former South African President Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Mandela (L) and daughter Zindzi. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Mandela (L) and daughter Zindzi. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

 

 

OBAMA: “Like America’s founding fathers… Commitment to democracy, rule of law. His (Mandela’s) willingness to step down from power.

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_______________________________________________________      The singing has a definite defiant quality to it. The top tier of the stadium behind the stage is a moving mass of jumping figures, singing the clapping their hands. Dlamini-Zuma bravely forges through her speech despite the lack of attention. 13:20 Dlamini-Zuma is SA’s former Home Affairs minister and current AU chair. I wish we could tell you what she’s saying but it’s near impossible to hear her over the spreading singing and dancing- Mail and Guardian

13:13 Beautiful singing by Sibongile Khumalo. And now Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma takes to the stage.

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12:56 OBAMA JUST ARRIVED

Things are going from bad to worse as far as audience discipline is concerned. As Cyril Ramaphosa please for discipline in the spirit of Mandela, the cameras focus on an embarrassed Barrack and Michelle Obama and the crowd erupt. Then Zuma makes an appearances and sustained jeers are heard.

PRESIDENT MUGABE ENTERS THE STADIUM

He is captured here on an Instagram picture mugabe mandela memorial Picture by  Haji Mohamed Dawjee for Mail and Guardian

Andrew Mlangeni is Mandela’s fellow Rivonia trialist and Robben Island inmate.

 

 

12:11 BRIEF MANDELA TRIBUTE

Ramaphosa started with a brief Mandela tribute and has not handed over to religious leaders starting off with SA’s chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, who continues an analogy he’s spoken about comparing Nelson Mandela with the biblical character of Joseph, who was also unjustly imprisoned and rose to be a great, uniting figure.

“He too transcended his personal pain and years of suffering to embrace his brothers and sisters who had inflicted so much pain on him.” Mail and Guardian

 

 “This is how Mandela would have liked it… African traditions, means the gods are welcoming you.”

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ANC DEPUTY PRESIDENT. -MAIL AND GUARDIAN

ZUMA’s  NAME SKIPPED IN FORMAL INTRODUCTIONS

 

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12:00 OBAMA REPORTEDLY LEAVING HOTEL

 Tweet by Sarah Carter for CBS Johannesburg

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11:52 BOOS FOR ZUMA AS HE ENTERS STADIUM

This is AWKWARD: Zuma has arrived and the crowd is booing – persistently!
This is an incredibly interesting development: The theory went that Mandela’s legacy celebrations should bolster Zuma’s image, who flaunted his closeness to Mandela. The boos come on the back of loud cheers for former president Mbeki and even last president under the previous apartheid regime de klerk. Is the tide turning so close to elections? Mail and Guardian

 

WINNIE, BAN-KI MOON, CASTRO GET CHEERS

Winnie and her daughter Zinzi arrive, solemn in black but to rapturous cheers. The crowds absolutely roar.

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Picture courtesy of Haji Mohamed Dawjee for Mail and Guardian

Graca Machel announced yet to another roar of applause.

Mbeki gets another ear-splitting cheer when his name is announced, along with chants of his name from the crowd. UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon also gets a cheer as does Kgalema Motlanthe AND Cuban president Castro! Mail and Guardian

 11:24 BROKEN DOWN BUSES, TRAINS CAUSE DELAY

Excitement is really building up now, and the broken down busses and trains delaying the stadium from filling up may make their way here soon. As for the weather there is a fine mist in the air but not too bad.

11:18 MBEKI TAKES SEAT AMID CHEERS

Wow, crowds go ballistic as former SA president, and Mandela’s successor, Thabo Mbeki, takes his seat on the stage. There seems to be something of an Mbeki nostalgia and revival recently. Mail and Guardian

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11:16 Mail and Guardian spoke to some people in the audiences and this is what they said:

“I came here to bid farewell to Tata Madiba, the father figure to all of us,” said Jerry Mohloaboni.

Donning a red Economic Freedom Fighter’s cap he was soon lined up for interviews from media organisation across the world. “We are what we are because of the old man, and the others of his generation like Robert Sobukwe

 

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11:05 More crowds arriving but not nearly enough. It’s gone 11am, the official start time, and there are still large swathes of empty orange seats standing out like sores. it’ll be pretty embarrassing if it doesn’t change by the time the world’s leaders get on to stage.Mail and Guardian

11:00 BAD LUCK JULIUS MALEMA

The camera zooms in on a patch of red in the audience – a small band of Malema’s EFF party supporters – and the crowd boos… Mail and Guardian

10:30 MOURNERS DEFY RAIN TO ATTEND MEMORIAL

People arrive at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium, also known as Soccer City, ahead of the national memorial service for late former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg December 10, 2013. World leaders from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuba's Raul Castro joined thousands of South Africans to honor Nelson Mandela on Tuesday in a memorial that will celebrate his gift for bringing enemies together across political and racial divides. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
People arrive at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium, also known as Soccer City, ahead of the national memorial service for late former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg December 10, 2013. World leaders from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuba’s Raul Castro joined thousands of South Africans to honor Nelson Mandela on Tuesday in a memorial that will celebrate his gift for bringing enemies together across political and racial divides. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

 

10:29 ROAR OF CROWD AS CHARLIZE THERON, OTHER CELEBS ARRIVE

A roar from the crowds as the screens show various dignitaries arrive plus celebs like Charlize Theron, who was just shown weaving her way elegantly through the entrance.

 

A group of about 30 toyi-toying mourners have just arrived at the stadium and danced their way across the seats and onto the empty, waterlogged field. They hold umbrellas and wave a single South African flag, chased by stragglers wanting to join in the fun. — Thalia Holmes from Ellis Park for Mail and Guardian

-As crowds gather under umbrellas and shelter from the rain, people have begun streaming to the FNB Stadium where Madiba’s memorial will be held. Mail and Guardian

A woman holds a portrait of Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium, also known as Soccer City, ahead of Mandela's national memorial service on Tuesday in Johannesburg December 10, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman
A woman holds a portrait of Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium, also known as Soccer City, ahead of Mandela’s national memorial service on Tuesday in Johannesburg December 10, 2013. REUTERS/Yves Herman

10:00 THOUSANDS IN STADIUM, SINGING AND DANCING

Thousands of people already in the stadium forming whorls of dancing and singing; ANC-coloured mohawk wigs, Springbok jerseys, people draped in South African and ANC flags, toyi-toying up and down the aisles to the joy of camera crews, braving the rain. Those who brought umbrellas nab seats in the front rows, while the majority fill the back rows to hide from the rain. –Mail and Guardian

Memorial goers wear the colours of the South African flag. Picture by Reuters
Memorial goers wear the colours of the South African flag. Picture by Reuters

 

SEE FULL MEMORIAL PROGRAMME HERE
SEE FULL LIST OF HEADS OF STATE ATTENDING

UPDATES BY TAPIWA ZIVIRA

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