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LIVE: The Rainbow Nation says goodbye to its founding father

Up to 100 world leaders and 80,000 people are expected at the FNB Stadium today.

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SOUTH AFRICA’S BROADCASTERS are showing six hours of live coverage of the memorial to Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium today.

Up to 100 world leaders and 80,000 people will gather in Soweto for the service. Many dignitaries, including former president FW de Klerk have already arrived.

Crowds have already started singing, dancing and chanting in the stands.

South Africa is holding a 10-day mourning period in recognition of the importance of Mandela’s role in leading the country through the struggle against apartheid.

Read: More than 80,000 to attend memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg

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