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World Leaders Gather for Mandela Memorial Service

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President Obama at the memorial service for Mandela. Photo: Screenshot.

BBC – Tens of thousands of South Africans have joined dozens of world leaders for the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela.

The service is being held in front of a vociferous crowd in the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.

US President Barack Obama said Mr Mandela was a “giant of history”, describing him as the last great liberator of the 20th Century.

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