Manto funeral in Pretoria on Tuesday

2009-12-18 12:01

The funeral of former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang will

be held in Pretoria on Tuesday, government spokesman for the funeral

arrangements, Charles Nqakula, said.

Nqakula said she would be given a special official funeral at the

Catholic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

In line with Tshabalala-Msimang’s wishes, her body would then be

cremated in a private ceremony at the Pretoria West crematorium.

Nqakula said President Jacob Zuma had been in contact with the

family and would be reading the oration at the funeral.

“The president has also asked that flags, nationally only, will be

flown at half-mast,” Nqakula told a media conference at the Tshabalala-Msimang’s

home in Pretoria on Friday.

A private night vigil will take place at the family home on Monday,

starting at 7pm, and the cortege will be dressed in the flag of the African

National Congress.

An official memorial service will also take place on Monday at the

Pretoria City Hall, where the congregation is to be addressed by Deputy

President Kgalema Motlanthe.

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