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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 AfricaRead more

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. Read more