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Mandela funeral plan 100%

2013-12-13 17:42

Johannesburg - The international presence expected at Nelson Mandela's state funeral in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday is somewhat watered down from the dignitaries who attended his memorial service in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"The state funeral... is expected to be attended by several heads of state and government, former heads of state, eminent persons, heads of delegation, heads of international organisations and the diplomatic corps," said international relations department spokesperson Clayson Monyela on Friday.

Britain's Prince Charles, Malawian President Joyce Banda, Lesotho's King Letsie III, and current and former statesmen from Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Zambia were among the guests expected at the funeral in the rural Eastern Cape area in which South Africa's first democratically elected president spent much of his childhood.

Iran's Vice President Mohammad Shariatmadari would also attend, alongside representatives of Norway and France.

African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the European Union representative in SA Roeland van der Geer would pay their respects, as would American civil rights activist Jessie Jackson.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane told SABC television news on Friday that most heads of state understood attending the memorial service was sufficient.

He said the logistics at Qunu were limited.

"It would have been irresponsible to have 101 heads of state at Qunu. They would never get the space [needed]."

A memorial service - attended by, among others, US President Barack Obama, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and Cuba's President Raul Castro - was held at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday.

This after Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Thursday last week at the age of 95.

On track

Meanwhile, the SA National Defence Force said preparations for the state funeral on Sunday - expected to be attended by 5 000 people - were proceeding well.

"Everything is on track in terms of arrangements for the funeral," spokesperson Lieutenant General Xolani Mabangu said.

Friday iwas the third and final day in which Mandela's body lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The body will be returned to One Military Hospital overnight and flown to the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

"Tomorrow [Saturday] at the Waterkloof Military Airbase... the body will be formally and officially handed over to the ANC [for them] to conduct their ceremony in honour of him," said Mabangu.

He said chief mourners among the Madiba clan and Mandela family, as well as senior government officials, would accompany the body.

The New Age reported that all AbaThembu traditions would be observed once the body arrived at the Mthatha Airport on Saturday morning.

"The king [Buyelekhyua Dalindyebo] will tell Madiba that he is there to receive him. The kin will salute Madiba and the procession will go to Mthatha city centre," chief Mfundo Bhovulengwe Mtirara told the paper.

"We will then move the body to iNdlu eNkulu [great house] at Qunu and then hand the body to reverends [ministers]."

Royal protocol

The great house is usually the first rondavel built at a homestead.

The New Age reported the body would be handed over to leaders of the Methodist church in the afternoon.

A public vigil would be held on Saturday night at the Walter Sisulu University's Nelson Mandela Drive campus.

After the state funeral had concluded, the abaThembu would receive the body to bury it according to royal protocol.

"Our king will salute Madiba three times saying: "Aah! Dalibhunga [Mandela's salutation name]."

Mandela would then be buried.

Part of the customary burial process is to slaughter an ox and sheep. Mandela is from the royal family of the AbaThembu.

Comments
  • Lentokazi YakwaManzini KoSengwayo - 2013-12-13 17:55

    Make sure there is no fake interpreter at the funeral.

      Kholiswa Majalaza - 2013-12-14 03:52

      RIP tatu MADIBA

      Kholiswa Majalaza - 2013-12-14 03:52

      RIP tatu MADIBA

      Nonhlanhla Mhlongo - 2013-12-14 18:30

      not only fake, but a criminal as well. quite an embarrassment. REST IN PEACE TATA, you ran a good race and finished triumphantly. we can only hope that in our lifetime we will have another as great as you.

  • Zinz'y Candy Nzama - 2013-12-13 18:18

    Thank you for everything Tata, ulale ngoxolo..SALUTE..Dhalibhungu!!!!!

  • Rashida Patel - 2013-12-13 20:15

    Thank you , beloved madiba .....we pray our present & future leaders are @ least half as good as you !

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-12-13 21:50

    We all know in life that nothing runs 100 percent as scheduled....so..wait for it...too many people involved...and then there is the All No Caders....

  • Sunday23 - 2013-12-13 22:20

    Where is that intrepid please sent him home.

  • Vincent Kalane - 2013-12-14 05:35

    These people, always negative, anticipating a failure so that they can come in here and mock our people. Very demonic!

  • Tozama Wutu - 2013-12-14 07:37

    Tshotshubekho Dalibhunga, nyana kaNosekeni, kuba sinjenjenje namhla kungenxa yakho, ukuba wawungazanguzalwe ngesafelendleni, Tshotshubekho Dalibhunga sitsho sabona noMthatha umhle okweswiti ye golide. Kanti sihleli nje uMthatha uyakwazuhlalucocekile ngoluhlobo! Tata lala ngesithozela, inene ke sithi isiXhosa uqamata akathathinto angashiyinto, yhazuba kuthethwa into yoba sishiyelwe inkandla situation!Ungavumi Dalibhunga sife sizimbacu! Masiwubone umsebenzi wakho ufezekiswa sele ulele kobandayo! kaloku awufanga koko ulele ubuthongo! Usincede ke uxelele ezonkokheli ukuba udaba alukapheli ezantsi emhlabeni koko kukhulinkandla! Sisalala ezitalatweni as if non fought for freem!We dying like mosquitose in Mozambique!! Above all we thank our God for giving these yrs, we thank God forgiving the courage not to look back no matter how hard it was then!! Thank youuououououo tata for the sacrefice you made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Ntosh Mankahla - 2013-12-14 09:57

      R.I.P TATA MADIBA

  • Dipuo Boitumelo - 2013-12-14 13:42

    May hes soul rest in peace we wil ol ways remember wat u hv done in our contry love u tata .from sonia komape n my son boitumelo komape

  • Mbaly Nhlanhla - 2013-12-15 11:53

    siyabonga tata,uyibekile induku ebadla,uyiqhawe lamaqhawe.

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