KZN sends ambulances to Qunu

2013-12-12 00:00

THE KZN Health Department has dispatched 10 staffed and fully equipped ambulances to Qunu, Eastern Cape, to assist with any medical emergencies during Madiba’s funeral on Sunday.

Department spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi said 63 additional ambulances were despatched throughout the province so that they can be easily accessible if needed.

Police and defence personnel were also despatched to Qunu. Provincial police referred media queries to their national office.

Thousands of people from all over the world are expected to attend the icon’s funeral. Mandela died last Thursday after a long illness.

National defence spokesperson General Xolani Mabanga said they will work closely with the police, traffic officers in the King Sabatha Dalindyebo (Mthatha) municipality and other security agencies to ensure safety for all in attendancel.

“Every movement will be monitored. Ours is to expect the unexpected. We will ensure that there are no activities or events that may disrupt the proceedings,” said Mabanga.

He said as is common practice in events of this magnitude, there will be “boundaries” and security personnel from all those involved will ensure that people obey the limits.

“We urge the public to co-operate with the authority. The onus will be on individuals on how they respect Madiba and how they want the world to view us as South Africans. We appeal to everyone to work with the various security agencies involved to make the event of the day dignified and secure.”

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