President and Mrs. Obama will travel to South Africa next week “to participate in memorial events,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said this afternoon.
Carney did not say exactly when Obama will leave, and it’s not exactly clear which events Obama will attend. A memorial for Mandela will be held Tuesday at FNB stadium in Johannesburg. After that Mandela’s remains will lie in state for the following three days. But he’s not scheduled to be buried until December 15.