AbaThembu to pray on Monday in honour of Mandela

2013-12-06 17:39

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AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has called for a special prayer meeting at the house of the late former South African president Nelson Mandela’s home on Monday.

Dalindyebo, clan nephew of Mandela, visited the home of the late icon this afternoon to pay his respects.

Speaking through his spokesperson and senior abaThembu chief, Mfundo Mtirara, outside Madiba’s Qunu home, he said the entire nation of abaThembu and the country as a whole had lost an icon and the “father of our nation”.

“We all loved Tata and learnt so much from him. We are saddened by his departure and we hope that where he is, he is at peace,” said Mtirara.

Mtirara said the controversial king would leave for Johannesburg tomorrow to visit the family in Houghton.

“On Monday all the chiefs and the entire abaThembu are invited to the prayer here on Monday. The news is bad for everybody. The king is not well. That’s why he sent us to talk to you,” said Mtirara.

Mandela died last night at his home in Houghton, Joburg, following a long battle with illness and a recurring lung infection.

He was 95 years old.

Meanwhile, since the early hours of this morning, heavily armed soldiers, police and traffic officers were seen outside Madiba’s home.

A small contingent of journalists parked opposite his house.

Although there was a slow start to activities in Qunu, by 10am people had started flocking to the home of the liberation struggle hero.

Some laid flowers outside the gates of his house while others stopped to take pictures.

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