Guests arrive at Mandela homestead

2013-12-15 06:40
(Siyabulela Duda, AFP)

(Siyabulela Duda, AFP)

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Qunu - A number of guests arrived at a specially-constructed dome at the homestead of former President Nelson Mandela, ahead of his state funeral in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane greeted guests as they arrived, while navy, military and airforce officials stood by the door; along with security officials.

About 5000 people are expected to attend the funeral in Mandela's home village, to be attended by a number of national and international dignitaries.

People will be able to watch the funeral at home on television or on big screens at stadiums across the country.

After the state funeral had concluded on Sunday, the AbaThembu will receive the body to bury it according to royal protocol.

Mandela will be buried next to his relatives at the family grave site in a more intimate ceremony.

Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest in Qunu. Say your final farewell and be published on News24 by e-mailing or uploading.

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