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Madiba burial ‘a family affair’

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The Mandela family graveyard in Qunu. Picture: Brenton Geach

Johannesburg - South Africans will not be able to see Nelson Mandela's remains being laid to rest, with his actual burial a strictly private, family affair, a government spokeswoman said Friday.

At least 5 000 people, including foreign dignitaries and senior political figures, are expected to attend Sunday's funeral ceremony in Mandela's boyhood home Qunu.

Once the initial public service has been completed, however, the moment of interment will, at the family's request, be a purely private affair, spokeswoman Phumla Williams told AFP.

“The family has indicated they want to make the burial a family matter,” Williams said.

“They don't want it to be televised. They don’t want people to see when the body is taken down.”- AFP


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