UPDATE: Song, Dance, Tears Prayer as South Africa Celebrates Mandela's Life, Legacy 12/6/13
JOHANNESBURG - There have been tears, but South Africans of all colors also have been singing and dancing today in emotional celebrations of the life of Nelson Mandela.
The anti-apartheid leader is being remembered for saving South Africa from a "racial conflagration" many feared could follow the end of apartheid. In a church service in Cape Town, retired archbishop Desmond Tutu said Mandela helped South Africans amaze the world by leading the country on a path of reconciliation as it dismantled white minority rule. Tutu told mourners that Mandela would want South Africans themselves to be his "memorial" by adhering to the values of unity and democracy that he embodied.
Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison.
President Jacob Zuma declared Sunday a national day of prayer and reflection. After a memorial service in Johannesburg Tuesday, Mandela's body will lie in state in Pretoria for three days. He will be buried following a state funeral in his rural home town of Qunu on Sunday, Dec. 15.