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Thousands of South Africans join world leaders for the national memorial service of Nelson Mandela today (Dec 10) at the FNB Stadium in Soweto
Posted: 10/12/2013 01:05 PM

THOUSANDS OF people from across the globe gathered in Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa this morning (Dec 10) for Nelson Mandela’s official memorial service.

Through a continuous downpour of rain, the crowd, which included US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, continued to fill the stadium.

Contingents from 91 countries arrived to join those who had been queuing for 24 hours for a chance of one of the first come first served tickets.

Ed Miliband, representing the Labour Party, said: "Great privilege to be representing the Labour Party at the Nelson Mandela memorial on behalf of so many who were integral to his struggle."

The Elders, a group of independent global leaders Chaired by Kofi Annan, were also present.