Mandela’s remains being prepared for state funeral

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The remains of global icon Nelson Mandela are being prepared to lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria next week.

Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency, on Saturday said the military health service of the South African National Defence Force, which was responsible for keeping him in critical but a stable condition for so long, was preparing the body, which would lie in state from Wednesday to Friday.

It is undecided whether the casket will be open for the public, but cameras will be prohibited.

There will be a public procession through the streets of the capital city, Pretoria, on each day that Mandela's remains are transported between 1 Military Hospital and the Union Buildings.

The body will then be flown to his birthplace of Qunu in the Eastern Cape for next Sunday’s burial.

Chabane confirmed that preparations for the official memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday were well on track.

Ironically, it was at that stadium, minutes before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, that Mandela made his last public appearance.
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07 december 2013 15:52:46

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