53 heads of state confirmed for Mandela memorial

2013-12-08 19:15

Johannesburg - A total of 53 heads of state have confirmed they will be attending the memorial for former president Nelson Mandela, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Sunday.

Addressing reporters in Johannesburg, she said no invitations were sent out and that it was up to people whether they wanted to attend the memorial.

"We don't issue invitations for funerals... we just confirmed with the Mandela family again that there were no invitations issued for this funeral.

"This is how we take care of funerals in our culture," Nkoana-Mashabane said.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said international heads of state and royalty had started arriving in South Africa.

"The fact that international leaders are making their way to South Africa at such short notice reflects the special place president Nelson Mandela holds in the hearts of people around the globe," he said.

"We are touched by the fact that many countries have declared periods of mourning, ordered that flags be flown at half-mast and draped or lit landmarks in the colours of the South African flag. We truly appreciate these gestures."

Chabane said South Africa appreciated the willingness shown by people mourning, reflecting, and celebrating Mandela's life and legacy.

He said 13 African heads of states had confirmed attendance.

International organisations, such as the United Nations, European Commission, and African Union, had also confirmed attendance.

Chabane said 11 eminent persons would also be in South Africa during this period.

US President Barack Obama would be accompanied by three of his country's former presidents: Jimmy Carter, George W Bush and Bill Clinton and their spouses, and 26 congressmen.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff would be accompanied by four former heads of state.

"We expect more confirmations, and we wish to reiterate that our international guests are most welcome as they join us at this difficult time," said Chabane.

News agency AFP reported on Sunday that the Dalai Lama, who has twice since 2009 been denied a visa for South Africa, was not planning to attend his fellow Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela's funeral, according to his spokesperson.

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  • Poppy Mhlungu-Khoza - 2013-12-08 19:24

    Wow, this I call true Statemanship & in fact Worldmanship in our lifetime. RIP Tata, you will forever be in our hearts. This is history in a true sense.

      Imani - 2013-12-09 05:32

      I am reliably informed that ANC is selling invitations to the funeral to the highest bidder, but not less than R10m for six spaces...That's immoral Gwede!

      Jeremy Forbes - 2013-12-10 02:19

      I pray only that the security of these international leaders are taken care of. We know that there are terrorist in the world who would love the attention gained by causing trouble. Madiba's send off must not be remembered for any other reasons than the farewell and gratitude of a SA nation and the world.

  • Peter Gibbs - 2013-12-08 19:26

    Gathering of the clowns...

      Triumphant Voice - 2013-12-09 14:34


      Rakesh Bugwandeen - 2013-12-09 15:09

      Clowns..... If it wasn't for Madiba, ur clown forefathers would have be stealing like the ANC. Url are the worse bunch who robbed the african ppl, now that the tables have turned, url only complain.

      Enhle Ntombs Petja - 2013-12-09 15:46

      You are just a bitter racist my friend...You don't have respect for the dead.How can you say a funeral is a gathering for clowns,Take a good look at the mirror and you will see a CLOWN!

      Jim King - 2013-12-09 19:56

      we all part of history !!! treasure it !!!

      Rocco DeWet - 2013-12-10 04:22

      Jeez Gibbs, what's eating you dude?

  • Albie Fraser - 2013-12-08 19:42

    May lightning strike,some of those"leaders attending"need to join him.That said Mandela did oversee a relatively peace-full transition and deserves our respect.

  • Albertus Lombaard - 2013-12-08 20:00

    I hope they bring their own security, our KFC munching, striking and useless armed forces and police services are totally out of their depth protecting these powerfull people. I for one don't wanna be near this lot, hundreds of itchy finger trigger happy security of the western world powers in the same area as their hated "terrorist" enemies are not particularly a good place to be.

      Solomon Matli - 2013-12-09 19:30

      shame 2you

      David Giantslayer - 2013-12-09 20:11

      Obama definitely has his own security detail. Would not be surprised to see TWO twin rotor helicopters around. Same as at his last visit here.

      Jim King - 2013-12-09 20:54

      fnb will be surrounded by reaper drones

  • Ras Jah Moolka Mokwena - 2013-12-08 20:11

    Mandela family must make sure that Zuma is not the 1 giving speech, cause it wl b a problem because the following day mac maharaj will have to come and explain, now Zuma is a disgrace enough to stand in front of a crowd, thank you

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2013-12-09 12:35

      We'll when Zuma gave the precedings for the week of mourning he ended by saying " Long Life Nelson Mandela " eish

      Enig Ma - 2013-12-09 13:26

      Ras-Brilliant post!

  • Janet Jenkerson - 2013-12-08 20:17

    Matthew 8:22 Jesus said, "let the dead bury their own dead" !!!! There are far more important things that need to be done, not to mention the millions that will be spent on a "dead" cause. Wake up ANC. your time is going to be short lived. You are not invincible, your demise is at hand!

      Loyiso Alexandra Kolisi - 2013-12-08 21:12

      Come next year ANC will win, Come that other term we will succeed again forever and ever, you just can't touch the blacks anymore there's just too many of us, as for Zuma though he will be sorted out a solution is at hand already but as for the opposition you all just bluffing as you always deed on the other last years, you must just get a room already #straight_face

      Nhlanhla Mmadi - 2013-12-09 05:36

      @Janet don't forget that the majority of this country won't vote for DA they will rather go to EFF instead.

      Brian Leoux - 2013-12-09 18:58

      @ Loyiso, you must be so proud that the only way you can win anything is to outnumber the opposition, just like it takes a gang of 6 to kill 2 old people, congratulations.

      Solomon Matli - 2013-12-09 19:32

      ignorance play games with you, rather leave scriptures out of this as you are clueless

      Danie - 2013-12-09 22:36

      I suppose that is why Jesus buried himself.

  • Watson Luhanga - 2013-12-08 20:19

    i wonder why news 24 often mentions the attendance of Americans and not other leaders specially those from within Africa,it sucks!

      George Slade - 2013-12-08 21:55

      USA Has Leaders --Africa Has Dictators & Thugs (ANC ).Hope Mugabe comes & Gets taken out (accidentally of Course)

      Peter Gibbs - 2013-12-09 04:59

      Those from Africa are unimportant and a complete waste of time just like old zipper and his bunch of idiots.

      Philo Pillowcase Simelane - 2013-12-09 14:46

      I have to agree with you buddy on this one.

  • Lynda Pitcher - 2013-12-08 20:59

    I don't think any culture invites people to funerals

  • rjsauta - 2013-12-08 21:21

    Your baby songs will be short lived! And this take it any how, it is a prophesy! Signed , Sealed and Delivered! You shall not live a separate life based on race again as Azanians!You shall share and share equally without all those short videos of the cortex as the basis of the superiority of one race over the other any more. The Moderator is gone and gone with his dreams, and everything that kept you together as a people, for without him you are not a rainbow nation but many pieces of what was once a might nation, glued together, by one man's resume which has gone to the grave with him.what remains is you and your Children to ponder whether you shall indeed become one or you shall perish, for it is not the first time in your History to remain separate and die as individuals and not as a Country, or maybe you will dig deeper into your souls and realize that for all intents and purposes you are one people, not separate, not different,but one Azanians. You hate Mugabe because he solved what you are still to solve! An arrogant Racist Miopic,ideology which is quite simple from every angle that you look at it.the Land Question?If you as Azanians won't solve it amongst yourselves it will haunt you and your Children for ever for you shall bury and mourn your Children instead of them mourning and burying you! It shall be a cancer that will eat you until you realize that in actual effect just like you mourn Madiba! you had very little difference with him. He also has Children like you! You love your Children and the Blacks also love theirs. It is your lack of understanding that the Black Men are just like you and aspire for the same things you aspire for your Children that will get you to talk to each other after a lot of blood has been spilt between you Azanians.And once that is done then the die is cast! May you live in interesting times!!!!

      JanGreen - 2013-12-08 23:59

      Dear Richard, for give me for asking, how can you conclude that running down a country's economy (By printing more and more money to pay his co-corrupted loyalists) ever be an argument for solving problems like arrogance and racism. I do not hate Mr Mugabe, because I don't have to (I let no fool rent space in my head) In my humble opinion, if you listen to no one, and indiscriminately hate everyone who do not agree with your ideology, he (Mr Mugabe)is indeed a arrogant racist himself.

      Clint Warren - 2013-12-09 08:39

      My boy, that meth is going to damage you permanently.

      Clare Laycock - 2013-12-09 15:47

      Sorry this is a load of hogwash!!

  • Poppy Mhlungu-Khoza - 2013-12-08 22:05

    Peter. You sound jealous & it's understandable coz nobody will gather for you, even clowns.

  • Carlton Jonker - 2013-12-09 00:26

    This is going to be the biggest funeral in the world!

      fargone - 2013-12-09 15:25

      Could be, but lets never forget no matter how great or insignificant the man, in death all graves are the same, it is the great equalizer and the time of reckoning.

      Clare Laycock - 2013-12-09 15:49

      And so it should be indeed!

  • Joel Malunga - 2013-12-09 06:08

    Mandela never disappointed us. He lived, He preached and walked the Gospel. He was examplary. Forgiveness was his catch phrase. We see a different leader north of Limpopo. Jealous, Jelasi, Jerasi Mugabe

  • Christine Masumba - 2013-12-09 06:24

    its been so sad that even though i had not been able to meet mandela,that we've lost the father of africa

  • Shamus Mossop - 2013-12-09 06:45

    So how much will hosting all of these leaders - and their inevitable hangers on - going to cost the SA taxpayer?

      Solomon Matli - 2013-12-09 19:37

      that's unbelievable, ru real?

      Danie - 2013-12-09 22:39

      As a taxpayer I think it is worth it

  • John Stoltz - 2013-12-09 08:38

    And to think not a single of the current leadership even come within a light year of the great Madiba ! How sad that he was not 30 years younger ! But then, who wants to be surrounded by fools ?? (Unless you are a fool yourself )

  • Joel Malete - 2013-12-09 08:56

    Black, White, coloured or Indian, it doesn't matter, what matters is that MANDELA he is a HERO making the whole world to shake, My Prayer is; May he finds FAVOUR from heaven that he gets a true REST!

      fargone - 2013-12-09 15:29

      Joel, while I respect your right to an opinion, he may have been a hero, he is however, dead! Gone! Praying for him at this stage is of absolutely no consequence. The choices he made, the beliefs he held and all he ever did, good or bad are done, praying for him now is too late. We have the power to make choices and live godly lives in this life, once death comes your way you cannot change what you have done or still do what is undone, save your prayers for the living.

  • Mcool McKwanazi - 2013-12-09 09:19

    Sometimes reading comments on news24 is enough to make one develop the hatred they never had in them. Disgusting how people can even question the money to be spent on Mandela's funeral when the whole world gives nothing but honour to this great man. Racism is difficult to cure it seems. But this is one of the things that makes Madiba special, he forgave you regardless of these comments.

      fargone - 2013-12-09 15:34

      It's easy to question the money being spent. Madiba is DEAD, why spend millions and millions on a dead man, when lives could be saved with that same money. No amount of cash can sum up the respect people may have for someone, seems to be a huge waste. I suppose if you revere Mandela, you should ask the question, what would you think he would have wanted? A huge funeral for many millions or for houses to be built for the poor and food given to the starving for the same money.

      Clare Laycock - 2013-12-09 15:55

      MCool, I could not agree more. But there is only a pip of a minority that reads News24, so do not despair, there are millions of us, who are educated, and can THINK. We, of all colours, races, religions, loved Nelson Mandela, for the man he was, for indeed he saved SA. I would be embarrassed if there was NOT a good send off. Hopefully, his forgiveness, will live on, in us, and in the new generations to come. For if not, then indeed, we (as a nation) shall not survive - and shall become like the rest of Africa. Luckily, we (South Africans) are bigger than that, and have proved to be so many times. Just ignore the racist bigots of all colours and creeds, for there are many still, but they too will die off!! Its fear talking. Forgive them, for they know not what they do.... etc.

  • Judy Fillmore - 2013-12-09 09:36

    Who will be writing the eulogies for our current Prez ? We all have to pay taxes and we all have to die....right? A hard task awaits someone having to sound sincere when having to explain the legacy of the Zooooma.

      Clare Laycock - 2013-12-09 15:56

      Do we care at this stage, really do we? He too shall pass, and hopefully soon.

  • Akame Solis - 2013-12-09 10:33

    He came saw and conquered like Napoleon B.If only South Africa and Africa new the kind of man God has given them long ago,ur statue could have been mounted in each African country today.May ur soul rest in perfect peace till we part no more.

  • Clint Hufkie - 2013-12-09 10:55

    "This is how we take care of funerals in our culture," Nkoana-Mashabane said. This is the problem I have with certain individuals in this country, it's not about culture, especially when it has to do with the late Madiba. Nobody gives a sh-t about your culture, it's not your moment, it's Madiba's moment and the entire world is a part of it.

      Danie - 2013-12-09 22:42

      I agree with the minister (for once). As a South African and Afrikaner, I am not used to inviting people to a funeral.

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2013-12-09 11:44

    Even Zuma also.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-12-09 13:19

    There is no room for those of us who fought for his release from prison. But people like Desi Bouterse from Suriname who had those that opposed him killed in the past and whose son is wanted for drug smuggling in the U.S. will be welcome. Such is life.

  • Enig Ma - 2013-12-09 13:22

    No Dalai Lama but Daai-mal Bob?

  • Jabulani Stephens - 2013-12-09 14:03

    You are truly the best state man of our times, One of the best South Africans and just know that S.A love you and will always miss you, just hope your dream will live on for this beautiful land. RIP Tata.

  • Rick Lobb - 2013-12-09 14:10

    Of course Bob Ma-garbage wouldn't miss this for all the 'tea-in-China' would he now !!!

      John Jambaya - 2013-12-09 15:58

      Ask yourself: why so many whites love Nelson Mandela? is the love not out of disbelief that Mandela decided to keep his cool and not make the whites pay for the evils of Apartheid? For those who really had their loved ones butchered by the evil system and those who were treated worse than dogs and other whites' pets will believe that Mandela's sainthood came at the higher expense of the suffering masses.Consider that Mandela's sainthood and cause has failed to melt the hearts of the hardcore white racists to acknowledge blacks as equals deserving of human treatment and a better life.Some white billionaires still see it fit to sell game farms at exorbitant prices meant for resettlement of the displaced black masses. Not in a million years will the whites who worship Mandela will convene and discuss to release part of the land they abundantly have to resettle the black in appeasement of Mandela causes. All they are grateful for is the following; -Mandela guaranteed them a life that is better and safer as if apartheid never existed. -they still have their farms and still enjoy dragging black slaves/dogs on dirt roads tied to their 4x4s -their kids still attend highly equipped private schools and they attend exclusive boot camps and taught about the inferiority of the black mind. -Over and above they still run the economy and dominate the mining. The only person who will spoil this party for whites only is Malema and the EFF but no doubt the AWB has plan for him. Blacks wake up!

      David Giantslayer - 2013-12-09 20:41

      @John Jambaya. Dear Sir, you are very busy fuelling the very thing you seem to despise so much: Racial Hatred. By your very words you are doing the exact opposite of what you admired in Nelson Mandela: instead of following the path of forgiveness you are stirring the animosity that is still there, lying beneath the surface, just waiting for the flames of words like yours to ignite. Just remember this: Some highly elitist Black people, having the kind of desire for revenge and wanting to take things by force as you advocate are already in power and doing exactly that...and the consequences are dire for all of the ordinary people in the land - no matter what the colour of their skin. We already have in place all the makings of a draconian dictatorship - the land appropriation act, the suppression of information act, the control of newspapers, the control of the broadcasting system, control of the telecommunications systems. Do not for a moment think that it's there for "blacks". It's not. Control and power lies purely in the hands of greedy, uncaring, monsters who doesn't give a fig for colour. Only for their own comfort and power. Be careful what you wish for.

  • Clare Laycock - 2013-12-09 15:45

    I really cannot believe the amount of poison spewing from a lot of mouths. I thought we had passed all this in the Rainbow Nation. Without Madiba, this country would have been the same as Africa. a basket case. ITS not there, hasnt been there yet, and despite all its problems, hopefully sence will prevail. Be thankful for the peace we have had for 20 years... Zuma too will pass.... thanks god for Nelson. Let the people of the world, and South Africa, have a fitting service and funeral. Let them.... for goodness sakes... so what if its "their" culture. I say let them, and so it should be.Remember what it could have been.

  • Graziella Uncensored - 2013-12-09 18:23

    As long as that Zionist Demon Netanyahu doesn't set foot on this country!

      David Giantslayer - 2013-12-09 20:49

      By that measure then so should all the dictators from Africa as well as those who are suppressing their own people in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, China etc. I doubt that Netanyahu would even consider coming here anyway. The South African government has made it absolutely clear they are firmly in the Palestinian/Arab camp and so would not even countenance a thought of having the Israelis here. Perish that thought.

      Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-12-10 00:09

      isn't the anc a communist party ?

      Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-12-10 00:14

      You are silly ,the Israeli's are rightfully fighting to keep what is theirs ,and I as a Christian support whole heartedly support them as they are being persecuted like Jesus was , long live the Jews .

  • Baldwyne Tiritose Geza - 2013-12-09 20:50

    Mandela is bringing the enemies together in one place.... No one in the World would wanna miss this coz every leader with a story will be there........ It will be classic coz nothing besides the UN can bring some of these people into one place! Another Epic tale as we celebrate Madiba! I hope some of these people will behave, you know whom I talk about!

  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-12-10 00:28

    Netanyahu ,the Dalai Lama ,these Godly people why exactly would they want to associate themselves with greedy and corrupt non God fearing anc clowns .

  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-12-10 00:33

    The Americans must watch out didn't i hear once of a taliban cell training in South Africa .

  • Mark Janse van Rensburg - 2013-12-10 05:13

    Qunu... not much happening there. Strange that 270 mil spend on no1 home, and the icons hometown in shatters. Just go to show waht the ANC have become.

  • Louis - 2013-12-10 08:31

    52 heads and one @ss....guess who?

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