Madiba to commemorate release from prison

2010-02-05 13:49

Former president Nelson Mandela will attend an event at Groot Drakenstein jail

outside Paarl next Thursday to commemorate his release from prison 20 years ago,

Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said today.

President Jacob Zuma will speak at the event outside the prison,

which was formerly known as Victor Verster, Mbalula said.

“We are expecting the Mandela family and Mr Mandela himself to be

present,” Mbalula said in Cape Town.

“We are expecting no less than 20 000 to gather around the


The event would be attended by ANC veterans, Ahmed Kathrada and

Denis Goldberg. Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, would also attend.

A 500m symbolic march would be held at the gathering which is

expected to start at 9am.

After the event, Mandela would attend Zuma’s state of the nation

address in the National Assembly.

“Madiba will be at the state of the nation address,” Mbalula


“We have met with family and discussed everything. Everyone will be

there. Grandchildren and veterans and stalwarts of the struggle will also be


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