hearing from nelson mandela's family for the first time now saying these last few days have not been easy. They know there are more difficult days ahead. They added they are humbled by the messages of... See More
hearing from nelson mandela's family for the first time now saying these last few days have not been easy. They know there are more difficult days ahead. They added they are humbled by the messages of condolence and support. Tonight we learned more about the american presidents, who will travel to south africa. Of course, president obama will be among the mourners along with mrs. Obama who met mandela shortly after becoming first lady. President bush and laura bush have been invited to travel with the obamas, and former president clinton and hillary clinton will travel to the tribute for nelson mandela. From south africa we hear from one of his friends who described those final visits with the man he revered. Abc's byron pitts from outside mandela's home. Reporter: Nowhere has admiration for nelson mandela been stronger, expressed more passionately than a few feet from his doorstep outside his home where the beloved statesman took his last breath. By singing and dancing, it's a way of showing our appreciation. He represents this country. Reporter: Nelson mandela will be laid to rest in grand style. Tuesday, a memorial service like the world has never seen. Some 95,000 people packed inside the stadium. Wednesday through friday the former president will lay in state in pretoria, the nation's legislative capital. Next sunday mandela will be laid to rest in the small village of his boyhood on the eastern cape. Those closest to mandela say they will miss the simple things. You first met mandela when? 1948. And friends ever since. Reporter:85-year-old george bezos was one of mandela's closest friends and his lawyer. He remembers his friend's consideration even at the hospital these last months. He said, george, make sure you take your jacket with you, don't leave it behind. Now, for a man who was critically ill, to be concerned about my jacket says something about this man. Reporter: In the last several months of his life, a number of families squabbles were made public, what to do with his money to where he should be buried. Since his death, the family has thrown a united public front spoken with one voice. Mandela's friends told us that would have pleased him to no end. Back here at home tonight in
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