Mandela: Tight security in SA ahead of funeral rites

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - South African authorities are working around the clock to ensure the safety of more than 50 world leaders, royalty, and hundreds of thousands of mourners who are expected to attend this week's funeral programme for Nelson Mandela, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 95.

The FNB stadium, which hosted the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, will be the venue of Tuesday's memorial service.

South Africa’s security forces have implemented the same security operation which ensured that the 2010 World Cup, was safe and successful.

For example, the stadium will be under a security lock-down, with the airspace around the venue restricted and a heavy police presence deployed and around the stadium.

Also, the Union Buildings in Pretoria - where Mandela's body will lie in state from Wednesday - will be heavily guarded by police and the special forces.

“All the events and those who attend them are safe. I assure you, we have very strict security measures in place," said Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane.
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09 december 2013 12:17:22

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