Nelson Mandela’s Detailed Funeral Plans Revealed By Family Even As Madiba’s Condition Improves Slightly
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According to the source, Mandela’s funeral will take place up to 12 days after he passes away because of the enormous organisational difficulties involved.
They include a massive memorial service in the 94,000 seat football stadium which hosted the 2010 World Cup Final.
The South African government’s original plan was for Mandela to be buried exactly 10 days after his death.
But one source described the arrangements as a “logistical nightmare” so it could now be as many as 12 days later.
Among the other plans the source revealed are:
– Mandela’s body is to be moved to a military hospital on the outskirts of Pretoria.
– Books of condolences to be opened at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and other cities.
– His body will be then left to lie in State for three days allowing members of the public to file past.
– He will then be buried in his home village in Qunu before 450 dignitaries and relatives.
The original plan was a strict ten-day affair with the memorial service on Day 5 and the funeral service on Day 10. But a little flexibility has now been included because Mandela’s family wants every world leader who wants to attend to be able to do so.
Mandela’s condition was described as “critical but stable” as at Friday and he remained on a life support machine at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.