Mandela family to decide on attendance

2010-07-07 13:09

The family of Nelson Mandela will decide whether he attends the 2010 World Cup final.

“Madiba has an open invitation but it is up to his family to decide on the day,” Local Organising Committee (LOC) spokesperson Jermaine Craig said at a media briefing at Soccer City today.

Before the World Cup started there was a lot of speculation about whether Mandela would attend the opening game or any of the matches. He has not attended any games yet.

The Mandela family was struck by tragedy in the early hours of the day on which the World Cup started.

Mandela’s 13-year-old great-granddaughter Zenani died in a car accident while returning home after an opening concert.

Fifa spokesperson Nicolas Maingot said it was too early to tell which VIPs and heads of state would attend the final at Soccer City on Sunday.

Craig confirmed that President Jacob Zuma would be there. 

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