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Mandela memorial service: The scenePublish Date: Dec 10, 2013
Mandela memorial service: The scene
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 LIVE images from Soweto courtesy of AFP

Huge crowds of grieving South Africans converged on Soweto's World Cup stadium Tuesday, to sit side-by-side with presidents, priests, queens and sheikhs at a memorial service for unifying global icon Nelson Mandela.

People celebrate as they arrive at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela on December 10, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. AFP/PHOTO

A woman celebrates in the tribune before the memorial service for Nelson Mandela on December 10, 2013 at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. AFP/PHOTO

A woman with the face painted is pictured in the tribune before the memorial service for Nelson Mandela on December 10, 2013 at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. AFP/PHOTO

People dance as they enter Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela on December 10, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. AFP/PHOTO

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