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 A military fly-past takes place above a statue of former South African president Nelson Mandela shortly after its unveiling at the Union Buildings on December 16, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa.  South African president Jacob Zuma unveiled a 9 meter bronze statue of former South African president Nelson Mandela as part of the Day of Reconciliation celebrations.

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A military fly-past above a statue of former South African president Nelson Mandela shortly after it was unveiled at the Union Buildings on Monday in Pretoria, South Africa. South African president Jacob Zuma unveiled the 9 metre bronze statue as part of the Day of Reconciliation celebrations.

South African children form a human chain as they walk to sign messages for Madiba during the annual Mandela christmas party at the Mandela Museum and Youth Centre in Nelson Mandela's ancestral village of Qunu, South Africa.

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South African children form a human chain as they walk to sign messages for Madiba during the annual Mandela christmas party at the Mandela Museum and Youth Centre in Nelson Mandela’s ancestral village of Qunu, South Africa.

The body of former South African president Nelson Mandela is transported to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.  Nelson Mandela's body will lie in state for three days as part of a week of events commemorating the life of former South African President.

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The body of former South African president Nelson Mandela is transported to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Mandela’s body will lie in state for three days as part of a week of events commemorating his life.

South African mourners hold posters of former president Nelson Mandela, while chanting slogans as the convoy transporting the body of Nelson Mandela passes by, in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Motorcycle-riding police officers escorted the casket Wednesday morning from 1 Military Hospital outside of Pretoria to the Union Buildings. Some Pretoria residents lined the streets to watch the procession go by, singing tributes to Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95.

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South African mourners hold posters of former president Nelson Mandela, while chanting slogans as the convoy transporting the body of Nelson Mandela passes by in Pretoria, South Africa

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VIPs and dignitaries stand up for the start of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg

A street child holds up a poster bearing the image of South African former president Nelson Mandela as he begs during rush hour in Mthata near Nelson Mandela's former home Qunu.

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A street child holds up a poster bearing the image of South African former president Nelson Mandela as he begs during rush hour in Mthata near Nelson Mandela’s former home Qunu.

Sixty-two-year-old South African woman Olivia Tsangane, a neigbour of late South African president Nelson Mandela, poses for a photograph in Mandela's ancestral village of Qunu, South Africa, 09 December 2013. The former South African president and anti-Apartheid icon died after a long illness 05 December at the age of 95. He will be buried at his ancestral home in Qunu on 15 December 2013.

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Sixty-two-year-old Olivia Tsangane, a neighbour of Nelson Mandela, poses for a photograph in the late South African president’s ancestral village of Qunu, South Africa. The inspirational world leader died on 5 December aged 95.

Young Indian schoolchildren hold candles and portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela as they pay tribute to him on hearing of his death, at a school in Ahmadabad, India.

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Young Indian schoolchildren hold candles and portraits of former South African president Nelson Mandela as they pay tribute to him on hearing of his death, at a school in Ahmadabad, India.

A group of kindergarten children sing Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Thursday, July 18, 2013. South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday on Thursday, a milestone capped by news that the former president's health was improving after fears that he was close to death during ongoing hospital treatment.

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Kindergarten children sing “Happy Birthday” to Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa

South African artist John Adams works on a giant acrylic-on-canvas painting of Nelson Mandela in the driveway of his house in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, July 15, 2013. Adams said he felt driven to create the painting as thanks to Mandela for creating educational opportunities that enabled him to become an artist, and plans to auction the painting, the proceeds of which will fund children's charities. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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South African artist John Adams works on a giant acrylic-on-canvas painting of Nelson Mandela in the driveway of his house in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. Adams said he felt driven to create the portrait as a way of thanking the ailing former president for creating educational opportunities that enabled him to become an artist. He plans to auction the painting and donate the proceeds to children’s charities. 

People pray in Pretoria's Petra church d...People pray in Pretoria's Petra church during a gospel mass on July 7, 2013. Former South African president Nelson Mandela lays in critical condition in Pretoria's Medi Clinic Heart hospital where emotional crowds gathered outside, as relatives and clan elders made preparations for the revered former South African leader's final journey. Singing supporters amassed outside the Pretoria hospital where the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero was fighting for his life. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTEFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

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People pray in Pretoria’s Petra church during a gospel mass on Sunday. Nelson Mandela, former South African president, remains in a critical condition in Pretoria’s Medi Clinic Heart hospital where emotional crowds continue to gather, as relatives and clan elders make preparations for the revered former leader’s final journey

Kids release balloons after a prayer for former South African President Nelson Mandela on July 5, 2013 outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital  where Mandela is hospitalized in Pretoria. During a nearly one month battle for his life in hospital, ailing South African icon Nelson Mandela has occasionally been uncomfortable but has not been in pain, his wife Graca Machel said on July 4. Doctors treating Nelson Mandela said he was in a "permanent vegetative state" and advised his family to turn off his life support machine, according to court documents dated June 26, obtained by AFP. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTINSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images

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Children release balloons after a prayer for former South Africa President Nelson Mandela on Friday outside the Medi Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria. During a nearly one month battle for his life in hospital, Mr Mandela has occasionally been uncomfortable but has not been in pain, his wife Graca Machel said on Thursday. Doctors said he was in a “permanent vegetative state” and advised his family to turn off his life support machine, according to court documents dated June 26 obtained by AFP. 

A woman from a prayer group plays an instrument on July 4, 2013 outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where former South African President Nelson Mandela is staying. The exhumed remains of three of Nelson Mandela's children at the centre of an ugly family feud were due to undergo forensic tests today before reburial in the ailing anti-apartheid hero's childhood village. The public row comes as the 94-year-old former political prisoner, who became South Africa's first black president, lies critically ill in what is now his fourth week in hospital.

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A woman from a prayer group plays an instrument on Thursday outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where former South African president Nelson Mandela is staying. The exhumed remains of three of Nelson Mandela’s children at the centre of an ugly family feud were due to undergo forensic tests today before reburial in the anti-apartheid hero’s childhood village. The public row comes as the 94-year-old former political prisoner, who became South Africa’s first black president, lies critically ill in hospital.

Lehlohonolo Nkosi waves in front of her mother's shadow as they leave the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated, in Pretoria...Lehlohonolo Nkosi (7) waves in front of her mother's shadow as they leave the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated, in Pretoria July 3, 2013. Ailing anti-apartheid leader Mandela remained in hospital on Monday in a "critical but stable" condition, the government said. Mandela has been in the Pretoria hospital for more than three weeks receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection, his fourth hospitalisation in six months.

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Seven-year-old Lehlohonolo Nkosi waves in front of her mother’s shadow as they leave the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, where Nelson Mandela, former South African President, is being treated, in Pretoria on Wednesday 

Focus Continues To Surround The Hospital Where Nelson Mandela's Condition Is Said To Be Critical...PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 01:  A man prays for Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated for a lung infection on June 30, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela recently said that the Nobel peace prize laureate's condition has shown 'great improvement' but he is still critically ill.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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A man prays for Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated for a lung infection in Pretoria, South Africa.

A ruling African National Congress (ANC)...A ruling African National Congress (ANC) party supporter shouts slogans while dancing in support of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where the ailing leader is hospitalized on June 27, 2013. Nelson Mandela was in a "very critical" condition on life support Thursday, family members said, warning South Africa and the world that "anything is imminent" for the revered anti-apartheid hero.  AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARIMARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images

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An African National Congress party supporter outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria shouts slogans while dancing in support of former South African president Nelson Mandela. Mr Mandela was in a “very critical” condition on life support, family members said. 

Prayers Are Said As Nelson Mandela Remains In a Critical Condition...PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 27:  Ninetly-five children release 95 balloons after praying for former President Nelson Mandela to mark the upcoming of his 95th birthday outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection June 27, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. Family members and President Jacob Zuma have visited Mandela in the hospital today.

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Ninety-five children release 95 balloons outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, Pretoria, after praying for Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, to mark his upcoming 95th birthday. Mr Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection. Family members and President Jacob Zuma visited Mr Mandela in the hospital on Thursday. 

A shepherd boy is silhouetted on June 26, 2013, in Qunu a rural village where former South African President Nelson Mandela grew up. Mandela's close family members gathered to hear a sombre prayer wishing the anti-apartheid icon a "peaceful, perfect, end" as he lay in hospital in critical condition with his life seemingly slipping away

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A shepherd in Qunu, a rural village where former South Africa President Nelson Mandela grew up. Mr Mandela’s family members gathered on Wednesday to hear a sombre prayer wishing the anti-apartheid icon a “peaceful, perfect end” as he lay in hospital in critical condition.

President Zuma Confirms That Nelson Mandela's Condition is Now Critical...JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24:  Children walk past souvenir flags picturing former South African President Nelson Mandela being sold across from the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum in Soweto Township June 24, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mandela's condition has become critical since he was admitted to the hospital over two weeks ago for a recurring lung infection.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Children walk past former South Africa President Nelson Mandela souvenir flags being sold across the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum in Soweto Township on Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa. South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mr Mandela’s condition has become critical since he was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago for a recurring lung infection. 

A Nation Unites For Nelson Mandela...JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 14:  Nokuthula Mbonde, 30, poses for a portrait by a mural of Nelson Mandela in Soweto on June 14, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Speaking of Nelson Mandela Ms Siqangwe said, "He means a lot, he means freedom". The former South African President and leader of the anti-apartheid movement has spent over a week in hospital after being admitted for a recurring lung infection. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Nokuthula Mbonde stands next to a mural of Nelson Mandela in Soweto in Johannesburg, South Africa.