To coincide with Nelson Mandela’s passing Brisbane’s Story Bridge will light up in honour of the late humanitarian.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced the Story Bridge will be lit up in the six colours of the South African flag on Sunday to honour the late Nelson Mandela.

Mandela brought an end to white-minority rules by becoming the first black South African president in 1994, he died on 5 December at age 95.

The body of Mandela remained in state in Pretoria from Wednesday to Friday this week before his funeral that will occur on Sunday in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province.

The special light display will be made to coincide with his funeral this Sunday, as the bridge also lit up on Wednesday during Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service.

Cr Quirk says the Story Bridge will be lit up in green, red, white, yellow, blue and black to honour the great leader and humanitarian.

“Nelson Mandela’s legacy is one of unity, reconciliation and renewal and our city joins the rest of the globe in honouring this outstanding individual,” he says.

The President of the Australia Africa Business Council of Queensland Craig Roelofsz welcomes the Story Bridge tribute.

“Nelson Mandela was a truly great leader and humanitarian and I’m glad that the city has chosen to pay tribute to his accomplishments in this way,” he says.

The Story Bridge lighting will not affect the special 10-minute Christmas light show that currently runs three times a night.