After a rain-soaked memorial service attended by nearly 100,000 on Tuesday, former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is being laid to rest in his home village in the Eastern Cape province of Qunu.
Unlike Tuesday’s public memorial, which featured stirring speeches from the likes of U.S. president Barack Obama and other world leaders and dignitaries — and inspired everyone from Beyoncé to Rihanna and Ed Sheeran to offer praise — today’s final goodbye will be a more private affair.
According to the Wall Street Journal, only 4,500 invited guests will gather at Mandela’s home, including president Jacob Zuma and foreign dignitaries, including Britain’s Prince Charles and civil rights icon the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who will represent the United States
While locals will be barred from the ceremony, large television screens will be set up around the village to view the funeral, though the burial will remain a private affair for family only. BET.Com is providing a live stream of the events during the special, “BET Remembers Nelson Mandela: The Passing of a Legend.”
Tune into BET for complete coverage of Nelson Mandela’s funeral, beginning at 3 a.m. ET and running until 12 p.m. ET and go to BET.com/Mandela for additional stories and remembrances of Mandela.