Mandela won't attend ANC celebrations

2012-01-06 12:00
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Bloemfontein - Former president Nelson Mandela will not attend the ANC's centenary celebrations in the Mangaung municipality in the Free State at the weekend, the ruling party's secretary general said on Friday.

"I think it would be unreasonable for any South African to expect Tata Mandela to travel from Mthatha to Bloemfontein," Gwede Mantashe told SABC radio news.

He said he visited Mandela in his home town Qunu in the Eastern Cape on December 21.

"He is in good spirits but very, very old," said Mantashe.

"The old man is 94. He is not coming and we are not expecting him to come."

Earlier in the week, ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete told journalists the party hoped Mandela would be able to be there. She said a total of 46 sitting heads of state had confirmed their attendance for the event.

- SAPA
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