'Dress properly for viewing'

By Drum Digital
12 December 2013

Members of the public viewing the body of the former president, Nelson Mandela, lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, have been advised to dress appropriately.

Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane, says they may have to apply strict control measures if people continue to show disrespect in their dress code.

“Especially for African people; we hope all of us know what is the decorum when we go to funerals; what is it that you are supposed to do and are not supposed to wear. We don’t want to be tempted to apply strict measures.”

Thousands of people filed past Mandela’s body at the Union Building and this will continue to Thursday and Friday before Madiba’s body is transported to Qunu on Saturday, where he will be laid to rest on Sunday.

“We appeal to the public to follow those protocols.”

The Presidency has also appealed to the public not to bring children. Chabane says there have been complaints about children in queues on Wednesday.

“This morning we had complaints from the public about the presence of young children in the queues. We then took steps to remove the children from queues. We appeal to the public not to bring children. We don’t have child care facilities at the accepting points.”

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