Barack Obama arrives in South Africa

US President Barack Obama arrived in South Africa on Tuesday for the memorial service for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Obama and his wife Michelle stepped off Air Force One after a 16-hour flight at Waterkloof air force base near Pretoria.

Obama, holding a black umbrella over the first Lady, was followed down the steps by former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura.

Two other former presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, were arriving separately.

Obama, along with Cuban President Raul Castro, was scheduled to speak at the memorial service later Tuesday in the Soweto stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final.


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