Mthatha Airport beefs up security for VIPs

2012-07-17 22:36

Cape Town - The VIP protection unit is running security for special flights landing at Mthatha Airport as guests arrive for former president Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday celebrations in his hometown of Qunu.

Manager Anderson Madudeni said that the airport is dealing with heavier traffic than usual, but could not divulge any more information for security reasons.

He said that the first VIP flight into the airport on Tuesday was that of ex-US president Bill Clinton.

Clinton visited Mandela at his home earlier in the day, and also attended the opening of a container library at the No-Moscow Primary School in Qunu.

His visit was part of a round-trip of the African continent.

It was unclear whether Clinton would be attending the birthday celebrations on Wednesday.

The guest list for the lunch has been closely guarded. Only key employees and local caterers are allowed entry into Mandela's homestead.

Earlier, close friends and family were seen being smuggled into the home by convoys of vehicles while photographers positioned themselves outside the entrance, and attempted to follow exiting vehicles in hopes of confirming whoever had visited Madiba.

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-07-17 23:52

    Inept ANC government: I was born in Mthatha and reside in Cape Town. The government closed off the Airport and now uses it for the military and the elite. Destroying transport infrastructure, jobs and access for a growing black middle class working in urban areas to visit their families. You compound road deaths in December period, count how many buses travel to Eastern Cape during this period. Zuma must f'k off!

  • elvis.sibuyi - 2012-07-18 01:56

    Happy birthday Tata,,,wish you many more years to come and a happy day for you and your family and many more years to come...your the world icon and i hope we will be able to keep your legency...we love you Tata...

  • farmfreund - 2012-07-18 02:06

    Nelson does not even remeber 98% of these fools, even if he tried, let him rest in peace that is the least we can do for him

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-18 05:41

    Dont tell Blade Nzimande there is a No-Moscow near Qunu ! Marx my words,he will ask for a name change.He will ten on nine see red,but will be to exhausted to take action right away.Eish..commie commie coomie chameleon(so say Boy George).

  • porshe.vrebec - 2012-07-18 07:45

    I have a feeling that in 2000 years to come people will be worship anyone writing a new holy book yet? happy born day son of Africa....MADIBA!!!

      sipho.zipi - 2012-07-18 08:16

      people are already worshpping him . all this and that , has to visit the place at least once a year .

  • sipho.zipi - 2012-07-18 08:14

    It is really unfortunate that despite Qunu being a very very poor area , it is now being turned into a playgroung for the rich and famous . The public airport of Mthatha has also been hijacked , by this elite . I wonder how the Qunu villagers are coping with this , as they have to watch it from a distance . The question is , did Mandela enter the struggle so as to join the Elite , it's time somebody stops this game .

      porshe.vrebec - 2012-07-18 08:42

      4 666 4 go figure sir lol!!

      vinny.damoyi - 2012-07-18 09:03

      lets hope the ANC uses this as an opportunuty to develop the town of Mthatha as well as the Walter Sisulu university in light of all these visits.

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