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South Africans pack religious services in tribute to Mandela

People hold candles in tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela
People hold candles in tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela Reuters/Adrees Latif

In South Africa, countless religious services were held in towns and villages across the country to offer prayers for anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, after his death on Thursday.The ruling African National Congress sent party officials to events all around South Africa and The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory held a special interfaith prayer service.Among the many people who paid tribute to the extraordinary leader was Ahmed Kathrada, one of Mandela’s fellow inmates on Robben island, who spoke at a memorial rally at Gandhi Hall in Johannesburg.RFI’s Daniel Finnan reports from Bryanston Methodist Church in Johannesburg, where the service was attended by South African President Jacob Zuma.

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