SA's gets ready for final chapter in Madiba's long walk

2013-12-15 05:54
(Dane McDonald, News24)

(Dane McDonald, News24)

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Johannesburg - A state funeral will be held for former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.

About 5 000 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.

The Gauteng government said Soweto residents would gather at the Orlando Stadium to watch the funeral.

"Madiba spent a great deal of his life as a worker, as a student and as an African National Congress leader living in Soweto," said premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

Mandela lived in Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, in Soweto for 16 years.

"After his release from prison in 1990, Madiba returned to the house, despite suggestions from government officials that he find a safer home," said Mokonyane.

People will also be able to watch the funeral at Ellis Park and Dobsonville stadium.

Capetonians will be able to watch the funeral on a big screen at the Grand Parade in town.

There would also be a viewing at Parliament.

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.

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