Ex-U.S. President Carter heading to Mandela memorial

Ex-U.S. President Carter heading to Mandela memorial

December 7th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, right, shakes hands with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in this2010, file photo.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

ATLANTA - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will attend a memorial service for the late South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said that Carter will attend a memorial service Tuesday at FNB Stadium on the edge of Johannesburg's Soweto township.

Carter will travel as part of a delegation of "The Elders," a group of former world leaders founded by Mandela in 2007 to work for peace and human rights.

A spokesman for The Elders, Sylvain Biville, said it is likely that the group's chair, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and several members will also attend.