Gallery: Nelson Mandela memorial

Graça Machel, Barack Obama, Jacob Zuma, Desmond Tutu, Nicolas Sarkozy, Tony Blair, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela … and thousands of grieving South Africans. View a gallery of images from the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium on 10 December 2013.

All images courtesy of GCIS.

The memorial was held at South Africa’s flagship 2010 Fifa World Cup venue, FNB Stadium, which can hold a crowd of 80 000 people.

US President Barack Obama greeting Graça Machel, Nelson Mandela’s widow.


South African President Jacob Zuma welcoming Obama to the memorial.

Members of the Mandela family, with his oldest grandson Mandla at centre.

South Africans singing to celebrate Nelson Mandela.

Obama with president of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete and president of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Tony Yengeni with Rivonia trialist Andrew Mlangeni, who spent over two decades with Mandela on Robben Island.

Salma Kikwete, former US president George W Bush, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Laura Bush.


Mandela’s old friend and fellow Rivonia trialist Ahmed Kathrada.


Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel.

Making a special effort for Mandela.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Anglican Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu.

South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe with former president Thabo Mbeki.


Former UK prime minister Tony Blair.


Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

South African musicians entertained the crowd.

Tears from heaven … Despite relentless, freezing rain, tens of thousands of mourners filled the stadium.

Tutu greeting Zuma on the podium.


Obama with former South African president FW de Klerk.

Obama with African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramphosa, who led proceedings.

The rain comes down.


French President François Hollande with his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.


Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.


Former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano.

South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chair of the African Union commission.

Hollande and Obama.

Barack Obama.

Obama and former South African deputy president Baleka Mbethe.


President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil.


Ian Khama, president of Botswana.

The Mandela family.

South African businessman Patrice Motsepe with Obama.

Motsepe, Kikwete and Obama.

The crowd celebraing Mandela.

Obama and Zuma.


Mbeki with his wife, Zanele Mbeki.

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