Clicks to close for Mandela funeral

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A bronze statue depicting former South African president Nelson Mandela as he walked to freedom in 1990 following his release after 27 years of incarceration.

Johannesburg - Clicks stores will be closed on Sunday for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela.

“As a mark of respect, all of our South African retail stores will be closed for trading in order to enable our employees to follow the funeral proceedings on national television, or to attend memorial services in local communities. Rest in peace, Madiba,” Clicks Group chief executive David Kneale said on Wednesday.

Shops would open the next day, December 16, even though it was a public holiday, he said.

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Thursday.

He was 95.

He will be buried in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Sunday. - Sapa

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