Botswana’s President to attend Mandela’s funeral

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Ian Khama will Tuesday join other heads of state and government and international dignitaries at the memorial service for the late former South African president, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg.

Botswana government spokesperson, Dr. Jeff Ramsay, on Monday told journalists that President Khama is scheduled to leave for South Africa on Tuesday to attend the extraordinary four-hour memorial service to honour Mandela.

Ramsay said flags in Botswana will fly at half mast on Sunday as a sign of respect for Mandela, the date having been chosen to coincide with the statesman's final burial at his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

Mandela died last Thursday after a long illness punctuated by perennials visits to different medical centres in South Africa.

Botswana shares the Mandela legacy because of his frequent visits to the country during South Africa's liberation struggle, he said.

According to media reports, the South African government said 59 heads of state have confirmed their attendance at the service, including U S President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
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09 december 2013 19:16:04

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