A child holds a lit candle at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela
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Mandela memorial services take place in South Africa

8 December 2013 Last updated at 14:08 GMT

Church services are being held across South Africa today to honour the life of Nelson Mandela, ahead of a week of commemorative events.

The former president died on Thursday at the age of 95.

Will Ross reports from Soweto in Johannesburg.