Presidents of Malawi, Tanzania expected to speak at Mandela funeral

2013-12-12 12:49

President Joyce Banda from Malawi and Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete have so far been confirmed as speakers at Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu on Sunday.

Banda will be speaking on behalf of the Southern African Development Community, while Tanzania was home to the ANC in exile.

Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda is also expected at the funeral, but it is not clear yet whether he will be speaking or not.

International Relations spokesperson Clayon Monyela said the programme for foreign dignitaries was not confirmed yet, but it is expected that the speakers will mainly be those who had close relations with the Mandela family and the ANC.

Although foreign dignitaries were encouraged to attend Tuesday’s memorial service, many were expected for the Sunday event too, Monyela said.

The number hasn’t been confirmed yet.

“Rwanda (president Paul Kagame) and Prince Charles (from England) did not come to the memorial service, but they are both expected at the funeral,” he said.

Monyela said the number of foreign dignitaries streaming in to South Africa to bid Mandela farewell not only spoke to the stature of Mandela, but also of South Africa.

“If people did not have confidence that SA could pull off this kind of operation, they would have stayed at home,” he said.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.