No security incidents at Mandela memorial

2013-12-10 11:32
A couple stands in the tribune before the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. Stall operators at Orlando stadium, an overflow venue, are readying for crowds of mourners. (Odd Andersen, AFP)

A couple stands in the tribune before the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. Stall operators at Orlando stadium, an overflow venue, are readying for crowds of mourners. (Odd Andersen, AFP)

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Johannesburg - There have been no reported incidents at the FNB Stadium ahead of the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, the SA National Defence Force said.

"No, there is no reported incident as yet. Everything is going smooth and fine," said spokesperson  Brig-Gen Xolani Mabanga.

The SANDF was not playing a big role in security for the memorial service.

"We are not really playing a security role, but in conjunction with [SA Police Service] we are helping ensure safety and security," he said.

"The SANDF will play the national anthem."

If the weather permitted, a fly past could be done, he said.

On Wednesday the SANDF would be responsible for moving Mandela's body from One Military hospital to the Union Buildings, where he would lie in state.

"We are responsible for lining the streets from One Military to Potgieter Street, and then Madiba Street...."

Mabanga said he expected many people to line the streets to watch the procession.

Mandela died at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home at the age of 95 on Thursday night.

Friends, colleagues, comrades and family of Nelson Mandela are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at Remembered.co.za.

- Share your memories of Nelson Mandela with us.

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