Madiba to commemorate release from prison

2010-02-05 13:49

Former president Nelson Mandela will attend an event at Groot Drakenstein jail

outside Paarl next Thursday to commemorate his release from prison 20 years ago,

Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said today.

President Jacob Zuma will speak at the event outside the prison,

which was formerly known as Victor Verster, Mbalula said.

“We are expecting the Mandela family and Mr Mandela himself to be

present,” Mbalula said in Cape Town.

“We are expecting no less than 20 000 to gather around the

prison.”

The event would be attended by ANC veterans, Ahmed Kathrada and

Denis Goldberg. Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, would also attend.

A 500m symbolic march would be held at the gathering which is

expected to start at 9am.

After the event, Mandela would attend Zuma’s state of the nation

address in the National Assembly.

“Madiba will be at the state of the nation address,” Mbalula

said.

“We have met with family and discussed everything. Everyone will be

there. Grandchildren and veterans and stalwarts of the struggle will also be

there.”


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.