ANC outlines KZN events for Mandela

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Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala (pictured) said the celebrations organised by the party were open to all, including opposition parties.

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The ruling African National Congress on Sunday outlined events planned for KwaZulu-Natal during the national week of mourning after Nelson Mandela's death.

Memorial services would be held by the party in the various regions and would culminate in night vigils being held the night before Mandela's funeral in Qunu.

Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the celebrations organised by the party were open to all, including opposition parties.

“We are not going to close space on those who want to celebrate the life of Madiba,” he said.

Celebrations would culminate on Friday in a memorial service at Moses Mabhida Stadium, organised by the provincial government.

He urged all ANC members to respect Mandela's family and give them the space to mourn.

The ANC memorial services in the province would be held on Wednesday and Thursday.

Pietermaritzburg, Umzimkulu, Port Shepstone, Richards Bay, Vryheid, Ladysmith, Kwadukuza (Stanger) and Mtubatuba would see memorial services staged by the ANC.

Zikalala also announced that the party decided to suspend all electioneering for the 2014 elections until after Mandela's funeral.

The Inkatha Freedom Party on Friday also announced that it would suspend all its election-related events until after Mandela was buried.

KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu said on Monday he would brief opposition leaders and traditional leaders on events held in the province to commemorate Mandela's death. - Sapa


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