No party shirts at KZN’s memorial

2013-12-10 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal government requested people not to wear their various political party T-shirts when attending memorial services for Nelson Mandela in Durban on Friday.

Premier Senzo Mchunu said yesterday they do not want to tell people what to wear, but want a dignified service that will not be “turned into a rally”.

Mchunu spoke to the media after meeting political parties represented in the legislature and municipalities to discuss the activities honouring Mandela. This includes the official provincial memorial service at Moses Mabhida stadium on Friday.

“Since it is a government event, we expect dignity, unity and an image of a KZN that is not polarised,” Mchunu said.

“The emphasis is for us to build a united front in everything we do for our president.”

Mchunu said that all the parties had embraced the memorial service organised by the provincial government. He also said they expected a “full house” at the memorial service.

Yesterday, the provincial government was to finalise the transportation of mourners across the province to the memorial service.

Mchunu could not quantify the amount the provincial government would spend on the memorial service and the funeral, saying he was still to meet the budget committee led by Finance MEC Ina Cronjé.

He, however, said the provincial government would pay for the screens where the public will view the national memorial service and funeral proceedings.

Mchunu said the provincial government expected to send four or five buses to Qunu, depending on available resources.

The KZN government will be represented at the funeral by some members of the cabinet and KZN legislature.

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