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3 former PMs to join Harper in South Africa

3 former PMs to join Harper in South AfricaNelson Mandela walks with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney on his arrival in Ottawa, on June 17, 1990 for a three-day visit to Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Mitchell

OTTAWA - The Prime Minister's Office says three former PMs have confirmed they will accompany Stephen Harper to South Africa to pay final respects to Nelson Mandela.

The PMO says Harper will leave for Johannesburg on Sunday with a delegation that will include Jean Chretien, Kim Campbell and Brian Mulroney.

Harper will attend a public memorial for Mandela on Tuesday in Johannesburg, as well as his lying in state in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Former Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean is joining the Canadian dignitaries paying tribute.

Mandela's body will lie in state from Wednesday through Friday.

A state funeral for the former South African president is planned for next Sunday.

Canadians can pay tribute to Mandela by signing an online book of condolences (at www.commemoration.gc.ca.)

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