World Leaders Join South Africans at Jo’Burg Commemoration
Pouring rain did not dampen the atmosphere at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, where thousands gathered to commemorate the late Nelson Mandela, including approximately 100 international leaders. President Obama used his speech to call world leaders, and the people of Africa, to action. ”We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” he said. Surprisingly for what was predicted to be “the biggest funeral in history,” a huge number of seats were empty. The ceremony started nearly an hour late. Other speakers include South African President Jacob Zuma, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and President Raúl Castro of Cuba.