Media clampdown begins as Madiba’s funeral draws closer

By Kirstin Buick
12 December 2013

The media is barred from coming near to Nelson Mandela's Qunu home, writes YOU journalist Asa Sokopo from the Eastern Cape.

Journalists and photographers were barred from coming within close proximity to Nelson Mandela's Qunu home.

Although members of the international press have erected tents and caravans in homes neighbouring that of the late former statesman – and paid the villagers to do so – this may not be able to use them on Sunday.

One tent that was erected in a yard has since been removed and police ordered photographers, cameramen and journalists to vacate the area. Police cordoned off about a kilometre of road leading to Madiba’s house. Madiba’s house is not visible from the cordoned off area. All media will be reporting on the funeral from the Nelson Mandela Museum. The museum –  the official media centre – will only accommodate a limited number, estimated at about 300 media representatives. As the host broadcaster, the SABC will have supreme access to events and activities related to the state funeral.

- Asa Sokopo

Photos: Martin de Kock and Asa Sokopo

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