Funeral arrangements are going well, Holomisa says

By Charlene
13 December 2013

Bantu Holomisa, a close friend of the Mandela family says preparations for late president Nelson Mandela’s funeral are going well.

“The rain has subsided so we are working full steam. By Friday everything should be completed,” Holomisa says. “We are also expecting the engineers to come and inspect (the dome) where the funeral is going to take place.” The screens are already in working order, he added.

Holomisa, who is the leader of the UDM, was a deputy minister in Mandela’s cabinet. He spent close to an hour at Madiba’s home on the night of his death and left around 7 pm. Describing his relationship with Madiba, Holomisa said their relationship was like that of a father and son. “He honoured me with his confidence in making me responsible for organising various family events.

'To me, he was a mentor and invaluable source of advice and wisdom'

“Even six years after his retirement he willingly assisted me in a personal matter that dated back to the time when I had served in his cabinet. That he found the time, and spared the effort, means more than words can ever express.”

Holomisa said Makaziwe Mandela – Mandela’s daughter with his first wife, Evelyn Mase – has arrived along with some of Madiba’s grandchildren. His funeral takes place on Sunday in the Eastern Cape village.

The rest of the family is expected to arrive today and Saturday.

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