President Barack Obama
willtravel to South Africa
next week to participate in memorialevents for Nelson Mandela
, the former South African presidentwho died on Thursday.
"President Obama and the first lady will go to South Africa
next week to pay their respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela
and to participate in memorial events. We'll have furtherupdates on timing and logistics as they become available," WhiteHouse spokesman Jay Carney
said in a statement.